Foster care pay still an issue

October 20th, 2017

The leading foster care charity, The Fostering Network, has just carried out a survey which draws attention to the levels of pay foster carers receive. Three-quarters of children now in the care system are looked after by foster carers. All the foster carers in the UK are given an allowance to cover the costs of caring for a ‘looked after’ child or young person. The money is for spending on the care of the child and does not include any payment for the foster carer themselves. In contrast, there is no requirement for a fee to be paid. This results in widely varying practice across the country.

The Fostering Network is now urging the UK’s governments to invest in order to make sure all foster carers are paid adequately. The charity believes that in the immediate term this should be the equivalent of the national living wage for a 40-hour week and that this should be paid 52 weeks a year.

One particular foster carer who participated in the survey said:

“This is a job, one which I do with a passion and that I love. Ultimately I need to earn a living…I wouldn’t foster without a skills fee as it would be a further insult to the challenges we already face. We offer love, care, guidance, support, encouragement advice to children who face and present with real challenges in order to make some positive changes and help change their future.”

Consider becoming a foster carer with Rainbow Fostering

There are currently many vulnerable children who have never known a secure, stable and loving home. If you can open your heart, and your home, you will be helping young people to have a brighter future. Call 020 8427 3355 and speak with one of our trained advisors. They will be able to answer any questions you might have. Becoming a foster carer is, of course, a very big step, but many people find it uniquely rewarding. Ask us anything about foster care: we get a great many different questions – these are some of the more common ones – does fostering babies mean you need to have special training? Is there any difference between foster care and adoption? And sometimes people just simply want to know what is foster care?

Whatever the nature of your inquiry, talk to us about fostering today as there is a current shortage of 7,000 foster care families in the UK. Remember: you need to have a spare room to foster a child or young person.

Court rules in favour of foster care victim

October 19th, 2017

In a landmark ruling, a woman who experienced abuse from her foster carers as a child, has won a battle against Nottinghamshire County Council. The court ruled against the council, judging it was “vicariously liable” after placing the her with two foster couples during the nineteen eighties. The council responded by saying that they would have “far reaching implications” in the UK.The woman  concerned had been physically and emotionally abused in her first placement and then been sexually abused during her second foster placement.

Council representative, Colin Pettigrew, stated  “she should have been safe in the care of her foster carers 30 years ago and she wasn’t, this is a matter of huge regret to us.

“This Supreme Court determination will have far-reaching implications for us and every other local authority across the land which has children’s social care responsibilities.”

In this latest hearing, it was found that the council could be held liable in respect of the physical and sexual abuse by her foster carers. This was despite the council being found not to have been negligent in relation to the selection or supervision of them. At the High Court and Court of Appeal, the woman had previously lost her claim against the council.

Have you considered being a foster carer?

It is a sad fact, but there are currently many vulnerable children who have never known what it is like to be cared for in a secure, stable and loving home. If you can open your heart – as well as your home – and become a foster carer, you can help young people to have a brighter future. You can start by calling 020 8427 3355. This will enable you to speak with one of our trained advisors and they will be able to answer any questions you might wish to ask. Becoming a foster carer is a very big step, but many people find it incredibly rewarding. When you talk to us, there is no pressure or obligation to make an immediate decision. We just want to help you learn a little more about what fostering involves and decide whether foster care is the right choice for you. You can ask us anything: we get a great many different questions that differ from does fostering babies mean you have to have different training than for fostering older children? What is the most important difference between foster care and adoption? And sometimes just simply what is foster care? Whatever the nature of your inquiry, we would love to hear from you as there is currently a shortage of 7,000 foster care families in the UK.

Foster Care in U.S. under the spotlight

October 17th, 2017

Rainbow International is our fostering arm that is currently involved in setting up a major fostering project in India. As we are active overseas, we have an interest in conveying news about foster care from different parts of the world…

At a recent meeting of an oversight panel in Kansas it emerged that three sisters aged 15, 14 and 12 had gone missing in August. The police believe that the girls ran away fro their foster placement. Anger was expressed when it emerged that over 70 foster children are missing in Kansas. Senator Laura Kelly, who is a Topeka Democrat, informed a child welfare task force meeting that when she requested information from the Kansas Department for Children and Families about the missing children, the agency knew nothing. Senator Kelly said she was “flabbergasted.” after the meeting.

Officials have stated that the number of children listed as missing – more than 70, is “in line with the  national average.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services revealed that during the federal government’s 2015 fiscal year, around 4,600 children placed in foster care had been listed as runaways. This equated to 1.1 per cent of a total of around 428,000. Kansas itself, had almost 7,100 children in foster care in August of this year, so the number of those who had gone missing is about 1 percent.

Could foster care be for you? 

Are you interested in children and young people? Perhaps you have worked with them in a professional capacity as a teacher, nurse or youth worker. Perhaps your own children are now grown up and you still feel you have something to ‘put back’ – after all raising your own family will mean you have unique and valuable experience. Choosing to become a foster carer means all that experience will not go to waste. And there are some very desperate and vulnerable children and young people who would benefit hugely from it. Becoming a foster carer means you can really brighten their future.

Foster care is defined as assuming parental responsibility on a temporary basis for a child, or young person who is outside your own family. Children are placed with foster carers through their local authority which has the ultimate responsibility for them.

Many children and young people who sadly come into the care system have experienced abuse or neglect. Providing foster care for them can make an enormous difference to their lives. So this is one of the most important jobs anyone can do. It can be a challenging experience, but  also an extremely rewarding one. You can learn a lot more about foster care by getting in touch with our specialist recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. They will help you reach the right decision for you and your family. Our team provides answers to many common questions such as – how much is foster carer pay? If I live outside the UK, will I still be allowed to foster? And what are the different types of foster care people provide? Are there particular special skills required if you are fostering children – compared to fostering babies? I am probably moving home soon, can I still apply to be a foster carer?

Whatever questions you might have of your own, we are here to help you decide if fostering is for you. Feel free to call us for a friendly chat: there is no pressure or obligation and it could be the start of an incredible life changing journey.

Foster Care will be affected by rise in numbers

October 13th, 2017

Official figures available show that the number of children and young people coming into care has risen at the fastest rate in five years. the statistics, released recently by the Department for Education reveal that for the year ending March 31st 2017, the number of ‘looked after children’ rose by 3.2 per cent in the space of twelve months.

72,670 children were classed as being in care in the twelve months to the end of March 2017. This was compared with 70,440 the previous year and 69,480 in 2015. This 3.2 per cent increase is the largest in five years, since the figure rose from 65,510 in 2011 to 67,070 in 2012. This reflected a rise of 4.1 per cent.

Additionally, the actual proportion of children now in care has risen to its highest level on record. At the present time, 62 out of every 10,000 children are in care: the figure had been set at 60 since 2013. The lowest recorded figure in recent years was in 2008. In that year, 54 out of every 10,000 children were in the care system. The chief executive of children’s charity Coram, Dr Carol Homden, stated –

“the rise in the number of children in care highlighted the importance of recruiting more foster carers and adopters.”

Additionally –

“The continued rise in the number of children who are looked-after demonstrates the need for prospective foster carers and adopters to come forward. These are the people who change the lives of this vulnerable group of children.”

The statistics have also shown that over the same five year period the numbers of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children coming into care have more than doubled from the figure of 1,950 in 2013. The proportion of ‘looked after’ children who are unaccompanied asylum-seekers stands presently at 6 percent after being at 3 per cent since the year 2013.

Could foster care be for you? 

Are you interested in children and young people? Perhaps you have worked with them in a professional capacity as a teacher, nurse or youth worker. Perhaps your own children are now grown up and you still feel you have something to ‘put back’ – after all raising your own family will mean you have unique and valuable experience. Choosing to become a foster carer means all that experience will not go to waste. And there are some very desperate and vulnerable children and young people who would benefit hugely from it. Becoming a foster carer means you can really brighten their futures.

Foster care is defined as assuming parental responsibility on a temporary basis for a child, or young person who is outside your own family. Children are placed with foster carers through their local authority which has the ultimate responsibility for them.

Many children and young people who sadly come into the care system have experienced abuse or neglect. Providing foster care for them can make an enormous difference to their lives. So this is one of the most important jobs anyone can do. It can be a challenging experience, but  also an extremely rewarding one. You can learn a lot more about foster care by getting in touch with our specialist recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. They will help you reach the right decision for you and your family. Our team provides answers to many common questions such as – how much is foster carer pay? If I live outside the UK, will I still be allowed to foster? And what are the different types of foster care people provide? Are there particular special skills required if you are fostering children – compared to fostering babies? I am probably moving home soon, can I still apply to be a foster carer?

Whatever questions you might have of your own, we are here to help you decide if fostering is for you. Feel free to call us for a friendly chat: there is no pressure or obligation and it could be the start of an incredible life changing journey.

Foster Carer brings claim over workers’ rights

October 11th, 2017

The trade union the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB), has filed a claim on behalf of foster carer Sarah Anderson against Hampshire County Council. Sarah Anderson is arguing that she is a worker and as such is entitled to rights – holiday pay being an example. Currently, foster carers are paid by independent agencies or local authorities to care for ‘looked after’ children. They are not classed as either workers or employees. Dr Jason Moyer-Lee, general secretary of the IWGB stated –

“Many foster care workers are highly qualified, put in very long hours, are rigidly supervised and have foster care as their main source of income,”

If the case is successful, it could result in thousands of claims being made by foster carers.

Sarah Anderson currently chairs the IWGB’s foster care workers’ branch said –

“As foster care workers we are exploited, have no rights whatsoever and are treated as a disposable workforce, when society needs carers more than ever. We can’t advocate or look after our children properly if our rights aren’t recognised and protected.”

Hampshire County Council’s position is that the law is very clear and that foster carers are not deemed “workers”.  Foster carers receive a weekly allowance intended to cover the costs of the young people they care for. This sum can range from around £150 to £500 per child. The amount will depend on considerations such as how complex are the needs of the particular child.

The IWGB has already successfully won a case on behalf of two foster carers. This was under Scottish law. In August of this year, Glasgow Employment Tribunal ruled that foster carers James Christine and James Johnstone were employees. The judgment focused particularly on the level of control the council had over the pair together with the ‘mutuality of obligation’ between the foster carers and the authority.

Is foster care for you? 

Become a foster carer means you can really brighten the future of some of our most vulnerable young people. Foster care is assuming parental responsibility on a temporary basis for a child, or young person outside your own family. Children are placed with foster carers via their local authority which has the ultimate responsibility for them.

Many children and young people who sadly come into the care system have experienced abuse or neglect. Providing foster care for them can make an enormous difference to their lives. So this is one of the most important jobs anyone can do. It can be a challenging experience, but  also an extremely rewarding one. You can learn a lot more about foster care by getting in touch with our specialist recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. They will help you reach the right decision for you and your family. Our team provides answers to many common questions such as – how much is foster carer pay? If I live outside the UK, will I still be allowed to foster? And what are the different types of foster care people provide? Are special skills required if you are fostering children – compared to fostering babies? I am probably moving home soon, can I still apply to be a foster carer?

Sons and daughters of foster carers recognized

October 9th, 2017

This is a very special week in the calendar of the leading foster care charity, The Fostering Network: it marks a month of celebrations recognising the valuable role played by the sons and daughters of our country’s foster carers. The annual campaign ‘Sons and daughters Month’ focuses on appreciating the hugely valuable part that is played by birth and adopted children in welcoming fostered children into their families. Kevin Williams is the chief executive of The Fostering Network; he stated:

“The sons and daughters of foster carers are incredibly valuable members of any fostering household. Tonight over 64,000 children right across the UK will be living with a fostering family, and thousands of foster brothers and sisters will make them feel more at home, safer, happier and more loved. We thank them for their contribution.”

Around half of all foster care households have adopted or birth children still living at home. Their presence there can make a significant difference to help foster children settle into their new homes.

This contribution is something that warrants recognition since many birth children can benefit from being part of a fostering family. As the charity states –

“Seeing life from another’s perspective can be an enriching experience and can help a child learn and develop as an individual.”

Deciding to become a foster parent means that you will be offering a service that can really brighten the future of some vulnerable youngsters. Fostering is assuming parental responsibility on a temporary basis for a child outside your own family. Children are placed with foster carers via their local authority which has the responsibility for them.

Would you consider becoming a foster carer in 2017? 

Deciding to become a foster parent means that you will be offering a service that can really brighten the future of some vulnerable youngsters. Fostering is assuming parental responsibility on a temporary basis for a child outside your own family. Children are placed with foster carers via their local authority which has the responsibility for them.

Many children who unfortunately come into care have experienced abuse or neglect. Caring for them can make an enormous difference to them. Doing this can be a challenging experience, but extremely rewarding. Learn more about foster care by getting in touch with our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. They will help you reach the right decision: our team provides answers to many common questions such as – how much is foster carer pay? And what are the different types of foster care people provide? Are special skills required if you are fostering children – compared to fostering babies? What actually do foster carers have to do to demonstrate they are providing proper care?

Whatever questions you have of your own, we are here to help you decide if fostering will suit you and the rest of your family. Feel free to call us for an exploratory chat – there is no pressure or obligation placed on you – and it could just be the start of the most an amazing life changing journey.

Foster care ruling over ‘Muslim case’

October 5th, 2017

In a recent controversial case where a Christian girl was placed with a Muslim family, a judge has now ruled the child should live with a family member. The London Borough of Tower Hamlets was the local authority that got caught up in the controversy. At the time it rejected reports that the foster family concerned did not speak English, saying that the girl had in fact been placed with a mixed-race family that was English speaking.

There were  legal restrictions placed on the reporting the case originally. This did not prevent several newspapers describing the situation as one where a Muslim family had sought to impose its cultural values and traditions on the girl – a vulnerable Christian child.

The local authority had responded at the time by saying that there were inaccuracies in the reporting, but were themselves prevented from saying anymore. In a statement that it released, it stated –

“Tower Hamlets Council has the welfare of children at the heart of what we do. the decision to choose foster carers for a  child is based on a number of factors, including cultural background and proximity to promote contact with the child’s family and the child’s school in order to give them as much stability as possible.”

Judge Khan Sapnara, a family court judge, made the decision concerning the girl’s future and will be issuing and order later.

Are you considering becoming a foster carer?

Deciding to become a foster parent means that you will be offering a service that can really brighten the future of some vulnerable youngsters. Fostering is assuming parental responsibility on a temporary basis for a child outside your own family. Children are placed with foster carers via their local authority which has the responsibility for them.

Many young people coming into care have experienced various forms of abuse or neglect. Caring for them can make an enormous difference, both to you and to them. It can be a challenging experience, but the reward are unique. Learn more by getting in touch with our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. You will hear from them that there are few things that are more rewarding than providing foster care for a child in need. Their task is, however, to help you reach the right decision about becoming a foster carer. Our team provides answers to common questions; for example – what actually do foster carers do? How much is foster carer pay? And what are the different types of foster care? Are special skills required if you are fostering children compared to fostering babies? Whatever questions you have of your own, we will help you to decide if fostering will suit you. Just call us for an exploratory chat – there is no pressure or obligation – and it could be the start of an amazing life changing journey for you and your family.

Foster carer recruitment under the spotlight

October 2nd, 2017

The leading foster care charity, The Fostering Network, currently estimates that around 7,000 new foster families are needed in the next year to cope with a shortfall. It is challenging finding people to step forward and foster – earlier this month ‘Action for Children’ released a report that indicated 85% of adults in the UK showed little or no interest in becoming foster carers. The Fostering Network acknowledges that such a statistic is disappointing, but not indicative of a crisis in recruitment. The charity expressed the view that as there are 27 million households in the UK, and if only 0.03 per cent of those households fostered, the demand for 7,000 new foster families would be met. Presented another way that equates to just three out of every 10,000 households.

The Fostering Network has also stressed the importance of foster care services doing everything possible to motivate and retain their existing foster carers. Their view – “A motivated foster carer cohort can also act as the best recruitment method a fostering service has.”

The survey produced by ‘Action for Children’ has led to calls government to fund a national recruitment campaign. The Fostering Network organises an annual campaign  – Foster Care Fortnight which this year reached over 12.7 million people through social media. It also generated over 1,000 pieces that received news coverage.

Interested in being a foster carer?

Deciding to become a foster carer means you could make all the difference in the world to a child or young person. If you are interested in finding out more about being a foster carer, get in touch with our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. You will learn from them that there are few things that are more rewarding than providing foster care. But their task is to help you reach the right decision about becoming a foster carer – fostering can undoubtedly be challenging but very satisfying. Our team will provide answers to common questions; for example – what actually do foster carers do? How much is foster carer pay? And what are the different types of foster care? Are special skills required if you are fostering children compared to fostering babies?

Whatever questions you have in mind, we’ll help you decide if fostering is going to suit you and your family. Just call us for an exploratory chat – there is no pressure or obligation.

Foster carers and adoptive families face increasing problems

September 29th, 2017

The BBC and Adoption UK have just reported that a significant number of adoptive families are in ‘crisis’. The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, commented that this is a sad and concerning situation. He stated that the report had highlighted the fact that the children who now coming into care are increasingly traumatised. This means that their behaviour can be extremely challenging. Inevitably adopters will also be coping with children who have experienced trauma. This can make them extremely difficult to cope with. Kevin Williams stated that budgetary pressures mean the care systems are increasingly failing children and the families who look after them. This is due to a lack of support and funding –

“Although this report has a focus on adoption, the legal status of a child is irrelevant when it comes to the recognition that most children who have come into care will have experienced trauma or neglect, or witnessed drug and alcohol abuse or domestic violence, and therefore will require specialist input and therapeutic care.”

There is a need for prospective adopters to be well trained. They should clearly understand that the child they are adopting may well; as a result of experiencing trauma before entering care, be suffering from poor mental health. This can often be exacerbated as adoption means the child loses contact with all family members. The chief executive also focused on the fact there is insufficient funding for CAMHS – as well as other therapeutic inputs – at a time when need is clearly growing.

How to foster a child? What are foster carer requirements? How long does it take to become a foster carer? Foster carer pay? These are some of the many questions we are routinely asked by people considering becoming foster carers. Our dedicated recruitment team is always happy to answer these or any other questions you might have. We are eager to find people who want to make a difference by providing loving homes for vulnerable youngsters. If you are interested in fostering babies or fostering children, please call us on 020 8427 3355 today.

There is no pressure to reach a decision: we only want to help you make the decision that is right for you. Being a foster carer can be demanding, but the rewards are unique and we are here to support you every step of the way.

Foster care charity makes a plea for child refugees

September 25th, 2017

The country’s largest foster care charity has put in a plea that the recent terror attack on the tube should not result in child refugees trying to enter the UK from being hindered. There is a concern, shared by fostering and adoption agencies alike, that government may use the incident to prevent child refugees being settled here.

Andy Elvin, Tact Care’s chief executive, said in a letter to the children’s minister, Robert Goodwill – “Any attempted crackdown on child refugees would be wholly disproportionate to the evidence of potential risk.” His letter also asserted that “by not accepting asylum seeking and refugee children in a planned way the Home Office are, inadvertently, increasing risks”.

The suspect Ahmed Hassan is believed to have been looked after by foster parents Penelope and Robert Jones at their home in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey. Penelope Jones received an MBE from the Queen in 2010 for her work as a foster carer.

There are 7,000 new foster families still needed in the UK this year. if you have been considering going into foster carer, we would like to hear from you. Such a decision means you could make all the difference in the world to the life and prospects of a vulnerable child or young person. Get in touch with our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355 to find out more. They are there to help you reach the right decision about becoming a foster carer – and will provide answers to common questions: for example – Foster carer pay? What are the different types of foster care? What special skills might be needed if you are fostering children, or fostering babies? What actually is foster care? How long does it take to become a foster carer?

Whatever your questions, we’ll help you decide if a career in foster care is going to be right for you. There is no pressure to make a decision, and of course no obligation – our role is to assist you in making the right decision.

Foster care charity cites concern over child protection thresholds

September 22nd, 2017

A recent survey of frontline social workers carried out on behalf of the All Parliamentary Group for Children APPGC, has raised concerns from the leading foster care charity, The Fostering Network. After examining the survey’s findings the chief executive, Kevin Williams, of the Network stated: “We have read with concern the findings of the survey which found that thresholds for qualifying as a “child in need” had risen over the last three years and that the majority of social workers feel that financial considerations are a key factor when decisions are being made on whether to offer early help to vulnerable children.”

The findings also showed that forty five percent of social workers surveyed now believe that financial considerations are a key factor influencing decisions concerning whether a care order should be made. The Fostering Network has stated concern over the figures: they have been arguing that decisions are “too predicated on what is better for the budget, rather than what is best for meeting the needs of the child.”

For a considerable period, the needs of young people coming into care have become increasingly complex. Because it seems that the decision to bring a child into care is financially driven, more children remain longer in environments that could be exposing them to risk.

The Fostering Network has within its submission to the national fostering stocktake, asked for:

“placement decision making to be moved from the business or finance teams of a local authority to the children’s teams. Money must not dictate where a child is placed – instead meeting the needs of that child must always take priority.”

If you make the decision to become a foster carer, you could make all the difference in the world to the lives of vulnerable children. There are few things that are more worthwhile. If you are interested in finding out more about being a foster carer, get in touch with our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. Their task is to help you reach the right decision about becoming a foster carer. They will provide answers to common questions; for example – what actually is foster care? Foster carer pay? What are the different types of foster care? What special skills might be needed if you are fostering children, or fostering babies? Whatever the questions you might have, we’ll help you decide if fostering is going to be right for you and your family. No pressure is ever put on applicants to reach a decision, and of course there is no obligation – our role is just to help you make the right decision for you.

‘Staying Put’ Guidance launched for foster care

September 14th, 2017

The leading charity for foster care in the UK, The Fostering Network has just launched its Staying Put Guidance. This has been based upon the legislation, standards and statutory guidance that oversees services for ‘looked after children’, care leavers and fostering services in England. The launch – ‘Guidance for Children and Young People Services, Fostering Services and Leaving Care Services’ is accompanied by the identification of specific obstacles which the charity wants central government to address. These include the following changes:
• the Government at Westminster should ensure that ‘staying put’ after being properly costed is fully funded;
• the introduction of a minimum ‘staying put’ allowance with no foster carer being worse off financially because of agreeing to a staying put placement;
• funds should be re-allocated so that a foster carer receives housing benefit, rather than it going directly to the young person.
It was the Children and Families Act 2014 that brought ‘staying put’ in and introduced a new duty upon all the local authorities in England to support, advise and assist young people to remain with their foster carers, if they wished once they were over the age of eighteen. It was The National Fostering Network that ran a long campaign which brought about the change in the law.

Following this change, the charity has closely observed the implementation of the duty. It has reported that the number of young people remaining with their foster carers has grown year on year, but a dramatic rise has not been seen. The Foster care charity has the view that a number of logistical, financial and cultural issues still impede making ‘staying put’ an option for all young people.

The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, stated –
“The change to the law was one of the proudest moments in the charity’s 40 year history, and ensuring that it works properly for all fostered young people who want to stay with their foster families remains a solid commitment for the charity.”

Making the decision to become a foster carer means that you could be making a positive and lasting difference to the lives of some particularly vulnerable youngsters. To help, simply call out Recruitment Team on 020 8427 3355 today. They are here to help you to find out more about the world of foster care and what it offers. Our advisors are professional and friendly – they are used to answering a whole variety of questions about foster care: these have included – what are the different types of foster care? What special skills might be needed if you are thinking about fostering children, or fostering babies instead? What are the different types of foster care? How long does it take to become a foster carer? Types of fostering and foster carer payments.

So whatever your questions, we’ll help you to decide if providing foster care is going to be right for you and your family. There is no pressure to reach a decision – our role is simply to help you make the right decision.

Foster care allowances to be reviewed in Scotland

September 12th, 2017

The Fostering Network, the leading charity, has just responded to an announcement by the Scottish Government of their intention to create a core group to:
“review foster, kinship and adoption allowances to bring forward proposals for national kinship care and foster care allowances in summer 2018.”
The director The Fostering Network in Scotland is Sara Lurie: she remarked that this is something that the Scottish Government had been promising to introduce for over ten years and this would just be bringing Scotland into line with the rest of the country. She said – “The Fostering Network has been campaigning for many years for the introduction of a minimum fostering allowance in Scotland” and continued – ‘We are delighted to see that the Scottish Government has now established a core group to make recommendations regarding the allowance, and that we have been invited to be part of that group.”
The charity will request that a firm commitment to action is then made so that a minimum allowance will be introduced can be introduced by April 2019.
Sadly, there are currently many vulnerable children and young people who do not know what it is like to be cared for in a stable and loving home. If you can be prepared to open your heart – as well as your home – as a foster carer, you can help children have a brighter future. If you call 020 8427 3355, you can speak with one of our trained advisors who will be able to answer any questions you might have. Becoming a foster carer is a big step, but it can be incredibly rewarding. If you talk to us, there is no pressure or obligation to make a decision. We just want to help you discover if foster care is the right choice for you. We get a great many different questions that range from does fostering babies mean you have to have different training for fostering children? What is the difference between foster care and adoption? And sometimes just simply what is foster care?

Leading foster care charity comments on the recent fostering controversy

September 4th, 2017

Controversy has raged over the case of a five year old christian girl placed in foster care with a Muslim family. The story has had many twists and turns: the chief executive of The Fostering Network, the leading fostering charity, has now written to explore key issues that the story has raised. Kevin Williams expresses the view that the recent events raise key questions about how foster carers are trained, assessed and reviewed. He stated –
“There are many thousands of carers across the UK, with good support from their fostering service, who have consistently gone the extra mile to support young people to stay connected with the faith and culture they were born into – even if they knew very little about that faith or culture before that young person came to live with them.”
At the heart of this issue is the matching process and this depends upon there being a wide pool of available foster carers who; whatever their ethnicity, religion or cultural background, are trained and supported to provide care for children from a different cultural, or religious background from them. Kevin Williams also stated:
“ There are many thousands of carers across the UK, with good support from their fostering service, who have consistently gone the extra mile to support young people to stay connected with the faith and culture they were born into – even if they knew very little about that faith or culture before that young person came to live with them.”
Make the decision to become a foster carer and you could make a lasting difference to the lives of vulnerable children: if you are interested in finding out more, call our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. They are there to help you reach the right decision and provide and can provide answers to common questions; for example – what actually is foster care? And what are the different types of foster care? What special skills might be needed if you are fostering children, or fostering babies? Whatever your questions, we’ll help you decide if fostering is going to be right for you and your family. There is no pressure to reach a decision and no obligation – our role is just to help you make the right decision.

Adoption seen as a successful outcome to foster care in a US State.

August 22nd, 2017

At the moment there are more than 18,000 children in Arizona in foster care. They are there for a whole variety of reasons such as neglect, abuse, parents with drug related problems or in prison. Roughly 4,000 of these children and young people are currently waiting to be adopted. At the Arizona Department for Child Safety, Public Information Officer, Darren DaRonco said: “There’s always a need for more foster and adoptive families.” He added – “However, the adoption process can take longer in some instances, For some children, it is more difficult to locate adoptive parents because the children may be older, have some behavioural challenges or some other special needs. For some children, it is more difficult to locate adoptive parents because the children may be older, have some behavioural challenges or some other special needs.”
Should you decide to become a foster carer, then you will know that you can make a positive and lasting difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people. Want to find out more? Then contact our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. Our advisors are always happy to answer any enquiries you may have: examples of the kinds of questions they are routinely asked include – what is foster care? What are the different types of foster care? Do I have to own my own home to foster a child or young person? What special skills will you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? Whatever the questions are that you have, we’ll help you decide if fostering children will suit you. We never apply pressure, and there is no obligation – our role is simply to help you make the right decision.

Government cuts could affect foster care services

August 17th, 2017

The recent warnings from the Local Government Association reveal a picture of spending over runs. Their analysis (combined from more than 370 councils in England and Wales), revealed in 2015 – 16 councils surpassed children’s social care budgets by £605 million. This overrun was necessary to protect children at immediate risk of harm. The pressures on councils are mounting: there has been a quite unprecedented surge in demand for children’s social support services in recent years. This demand is unlikely to fall. The figures tell the story: more than 170,000 children were subject to child protection enquiries in 2015/16, as compared to 71,800 in the period 2005/06. This represents a big jump of 140 per cent in only a decade.
Further analysis by the LGA shows that government funding for the Early Intervention Grant has seen a cut of around £500 million since 2013 with a further drop projected of £183 million by the year 2020. By the end of the decade, this represents a reduction of 40 per cent. Councils have found it increasingly hard to invest in the early help services. It is these that can often prevent children entering the social care system in the first place.
The Chair of the LGA’s ‘Children & Young People Board’ stated: “The fact that the majority of councils are recording high levels of children’s services overspend in their local areas shows the sheer scale of the funding crisis we face in children’s social care, both now and in the near future.” Continuing – “With councils facing a £2 billion funding gap for children’s services in just three years time it is more important than ever that the Government prioritises spending in this area.” And also – “There is no question that early intervention can help to limit the need for children to enter the social care system, lay the groundwork for improved performance at school and even help to ease future pressure on adult social care by reducing the pressure on services for vulnerable adults.”
Last year was a particularly important one for Rainbow Fostering since we celebrated our eighteenth anniversary. Over this period, our organisation has grown to become one of the leading fostering service providers in the UK. We like nothing better than to talk to people who are interested in a foster care career. We are always happy to answer any questions about fostering and the process of becoming a foster carer. Perhaps you have a special interest in fostering babies, or fostering children – of any age. There is an urgent need for people to provide foster homes for teenagers. We also train much needed foster carers to look after children and young people with complex needs. Call 020 8427 3355 when you feel like finding out more. Remember, there is no pressure, or obligation – our job is simply to help you make the right decision.

LGA warning has implications for foster care

August 14th, 2017

A stark warning has just been issued by the Local Government Association that the system for providing social care for children in this country is close to breaking point. The LGA represents more than three hundred and seventy councils in England and Wales. This warning has been picked up swiftly by the leading charity, The Fostering Network reacted:
“Like the LGA, we have been concerned for some time that the pressure on children’s social care budgets is becoming unsustainable. We are particularly concerned that budget cuts are having a negative impact on the wellbeing of society’s most vulnerable children, including tens of thousands of fostered children. The results of austerity will have a long-term effect on this generation of children and that must not be allowed to happen.”
The pressure is mounting from all directions on the national fostering stocktake which is underway. This latest warning can only have an influence on this fact finding exercise. The Fostering Network is urging that foster carers be trained, supported and sufficiently remunerated.
As you can see from the above article, there is a real need foster carers in the UK. At Rainbow fostering, we know from the foster children we look after, that our carers make a vital difference to their lives. You could be making this kind of difference. Want to take things further? Then please call us. We would love to hear from you. There are many issues surrounding foster carers: we get asked all sorts of questions – What special skills will you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? What are the different types of foster care? Can I foster if I have my own children? Whatever the questions you have are, we’ll take the time to help you decide if fostering children and young people will be right for you. There is no pressure, or obligation – our job is simply to help you make the right decision for you and your family.

Charities for foster children and care leavers calls for training for teachers

August 10th, 2017

Become and Voices from Care are charities that representing the interests of children in care and young care leavers. They have recently published a report ‘Perceptions of Care’ – the work being funded by the Big Lottery Fund This has researched how children in the care system think other people think about care. One hundred and seventy children, young people as well as care leavers in England and Wales contributed to an online survey as well as giving their views in a focus group. Asked to respond to the statement “people think that it is children’s fault that they are in care”, fifty per cent of children in care and fifty one per cent of care leavers agreed with the statement. Other findings to emerge were that thirty five per cent thought social workers thought children in care are not as clever as other children; only twenty four per cent felt teachers had an understanding of what being in care was like.
The Policy and Research Manager at Become, Chloe Cockett, stated “Teachers tirelessly serve children, and they should be provided with the tools to help all of the children in their care no matter what their family background is.” She added: “If we don’t ensure that teachers understand how best to support children in care, then we are depriving those children of the chance to flourish in childhood in the same way that their peers can.”
If you decide to become a foster carer, you could make a lasting difference to the lives of disadvantaged children. So if you are interested in finding out more, do please contact our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. They are expert in dealing with a wide range of enquiries: some examples of the questions they are asked include – what is foster care? What are the different types of foster care? What special skills will you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? Whatever the questions you have, we’ll help you decide if fostering is going to be right for you. We apply no pressure, and there is no obligation – our job is simply to help you make the right decision.

Foster care ruling in Glasgow goes against City Council

August 8th, 2017

Foster carers James and Christine Johnstone have been successful in the tribunal case that they brought against Glasgow City Council. The judgement in their favour deemed that the couple were employees of the council working as carers in the Multi-Dimensional Treatment Foster Care team.
Judge McFatridge said –
“In finding for the claimants in this case I am not in any way making a finding about the status of ordinary mainstream foster carers. What I am saying is that on the basis of the facts in the current case, the claimants were employees of the respondents.”
The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, went on the record to state –
“Even though this judgement does not set a precedent for all foster carers, it is very clear that there can be no excuse for a ‘business as usual’ attitude towards fostering.”
This ruling will place additional pressure on the four UK governments in a year when foster care provision is under scrutiny. The national fostering stocktake which reports later this year will almost certainly be engaged around the contentious issue of the status and employment rights of foster carers. In the ‘State of the Nation’s Foster Care 2016’ produced by The Fostering Network, there is much evidence to support the fact that many of the nation’s foster carers are feeling aggrieved:
“I have fought very hard to get others in the team around me to see me as an equal professional, many social workers – particularly the child’s team – often afford us no respect whatsoever…it’s something that needs improving.”
This is the opinion of one of the 2,530 foster carers in the UK that were surveyed from July to September 2016.
Many children and youngsters in this country lack a stable loving home. This inevitably puts at risk their future prospects. If you decide to become a foster carer, you can start making a significant difference to the lives of children who lack a stable environment to grow up in. There can be few things more rewarding than helping vulnerable children and young people to begin to make a success of their lives. Anyone contemplating fostering will have many questions such as how do you foster a child? Can you foster if you are gay? What particular skills do you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? Can you have a full time job and still foster? Our aim, without placing any pressure or obligation on you, is to help you to decide if fostering is right for you: call our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355, we’d love to hear from you.

Long term foster placements coming under pressure

August 3rd, 2017

There is now a rising incidence of long term foster care placements breaking down. The main reason that is given is the failure of Social Services to meet the needs of the placement. This has meant that in certain instances, children have left long term placements to go into residential care. This trend seems to be on the increase across the United Kingdom. Too often foster carers have to fight to access services for their foster children. Having success is dependent upon how much support and time they get from their local authority social worker. Social workers in turn are finding they do not always have the time and resources to manage. The end result is that children are being left without the help they require, and this is adding to the pressure on foster carers.
At a time when there is so much pressure on budgets, this is adding to the overall financial burden. When there is not adequate support for placements, costs for the care system will escalate. There is also the emotional cost for children and foster carers to be considered when placements break down. The Department for Education and Skills own figures indicate that –
“the standard unit cost for maintaining a child for a week in residential care is eight times that of the cost of foster care, 9.5 times that of a placement with relatives or friends and 12.5 times that of a placement with own parents.” What is also very damaging is that a placement breakdown can result in the resignation of a foster carer. This is at a time when there is an acute shortage of people coming forward to go into fostering.
A stable home to grow up in is something many children and youngsters do not have. Such instability puts their future prospects at risk. Perhaps you can change things for the better for such unfortunate youngsters. If you become a foster carer with Rainbow fostering, you can start making a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children. There can be few things more rewarding than helping a young person in difficulties. If you want to find out more about fostering, you can ask us anything – we are asked all sorts of things: What are some specific foster carer requirements? How do you foster a child? What particular skills do you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? Can you have a job and still foster? Are you able to foster if you are gay?
Our goal, without there being any pressure or obligation, is to help you to determine if fostering might be right for you. We hope you will want to find out more: call our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355 and take the first steps on your fostering journey.

The high rate of repeat referrals could impact on foster care

August 1st, 2017

Research that has been commissioned by the government has revealed that over half of the children referred to social services were then re-referred within five years. This latest study was commissioned by the Department for Education and has indicated that more than fifty percent of children referred to children’s services in the financial year 2011, were referred again in the year ending 2014 – 2015. The report was produced by Dr Patricio Troncoso at Manchester University: it was based on a study group of 498,867 children who were referred within 145 local authorities in 2010 – 2011. By the end of the designated research period, 54.5 percent had been been re-referred at least once.

The report drew a number of conclusions: it stated that “Re-referrals can be costly to local authorities, but more importantly, they can be stressful and harmful to the children themselves, as well as to their parents or guardians,” and that “Potentially, multiple referrals can be detrimental to children’s development, as they may imply prolonged periods of unmet needs and recurrent episodes of abuse, neglect, maltreatment, etc.”

There was acknowledgement in the report that there were a number of potential limitations to the findings. As an example, it stated that it had focused only on one group of children; that different local authorities may have applied thresholds differently and no consideration had been given to instances of children being re-referred multiple times within any particular financial year.

In this country, there are many children and young people who are not fortunate enough to have a stable and loving home. This can seriously limit their future prospects in life. Foster carers can change this. If you become a foster carer, you could make a permanent difference to the lives of disadvantaged children. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. They are skilled in dealing with a wide range of enquiries: some examples of the questions they are asked – what is foster care? What are the different types of foster care?Can you foster care if you are gay? What special skills will you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? Whatever your questions, we’ll help you decide if fostering is going to be right for you. There no pressure or obligation – we are simply here to help you make the right decision.

US travel ban halts foster care programme.

July 31st, 2017

Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban has brought a halt to a programme that places unaccompanied refugee minors. Currently, there are around one hundred refugees that have been matched with foster families in the US who are now stranded. The foster parents who are waiting to receive unaccompanied refugee minors, are hoping for a court ruling that will permit these children to enter the US. The current ban only allows refugees with family ties into the country – effectively halting the programme.

This programme has, since the nineteen-eighties, resulted in over 6,000 refugee children being settled in the country. Two hundred and three unaccompanied refugee minors arrived last year.

Elizabeth Foydel, policy counsel with the International Refugee Assistance Project – a Washington based legal-aid organisation for refugees – stated “These are kids on their own, and struggling to survive.”

This particular programme for refugee children who are unaccompanied, is different from the one set up in 2014 for Central American children fleeing violence in that part of the world. This was begun by President Obama’s administration.
A stable, loving home to grow up in is something that many children and youngsters in this country lack. Inevitably, their future prospects are put at risk as compared to other luckier children. There is the possibility that you can change things for the better for such youngsters. If you decide to become a foster carer, you can start making a significant difference to the lives of children who are without a loving home. There can be few things more rewarding than coming to the aid of vulnerable children and young people needing a home. You can ask us anything – we get all sorts of questions: How do you foster a child? Can you have a job and still foster? What particular skills do you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? Specific foster carer requirements? All we aim to do, without there being any pressure or obligation, is to assist you in deciding if fostering is right for you. We hope you will want to find out more: call our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355.

Survey reveals more Americans are considering children in foster care when looking to adopt

July 26th, 2017

Just as in the UK, a great many foster children in the US suffer from repeated moves from foster placements. This makes it very difficult to settle and can have adverse effects on educational achievement. There is some encouraging news as according to a new survey produced on behalf of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, twenty five percent of people who had never previously adopted in the US are now considering it. And of those individuals, around eighty per cent are considering adopting children from foster care. Most encouragingly, this is up seven per cent from 2012 which represents an all-time high. The President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Rita Soronen, stated:

“There is a much more robust conversation in this country about children in foster care than in the past, which is giving more children hope,” she went on to say: “There is a much more robust conversation in this country about children in foster care than in the past, which is giving more children hope,”

At the moment, there are more than 110,000 children in the foster care system in the US who are waiting to be adopted. Unfortunately, each year over 20,000 ‘age out’ of foster care. Without ever having had a settled family life, this can put them at significantly increased risk of homelessness and unemployment.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption focuses upon finding adoptive homes for foster children. They are unique in this. They concentrate specifically on finding adopters for teenage children, sibling groups and children with special needs. As in the UK, these are the most difficult groups to find adoptive families for – hence, most of the children that the Foundation is working with have been in foster care for longer than five years.
The survey also found that eighty per cent of Americans are aware that children are likely to be in the foster care system due to some form of abuse or neglect with this being no fault of theirs. The Foundation is especially pleased that the survey has revealed an important shift in attitude: fifty eight per cent agree that every child can be adopted and this is up from fifty one percent in 2012.

At present, there are many children and young people currently without a stable and loving home which seriously damages their future prospects. Could you can change this situation. If you become a foster carer, you will at least know you will have made a lasting difference to the lives of some vulnerable children. If you are interested in finding out how rewarding those can be, contact our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. They are used to dealing with a wide range of foster care questions: here are some examples – what is foster care? what particular skills will you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? Can you foster care if you are gay? You may have some different questions! We’ll work hard to help you decide if fostering is for you. There no pressure or obligation – we are here to help you make the right decision.

An innovative project announced will make a difference to foster children in Wales

July 24th, 2017

The leading charity, The Fostering Network, has recently announced the launch of the new ‘Fostering Wellbeing’ programme. It combines the principles of social pedagogy with activities focused around education. These are learning principles taken from the charity’s successful ‘Head, Heart, Hands’ and London Fostering Achievement programmes. The programme is being carried forward in conjunction with Cwm Taf Social Services and the ‘Wellbeing Partnership Board’. This is an innovative programme designed to help foster carers plus all those who work with looked after children, to comprehend and respond ‘holistically’ to the child’s needs and development. At its core, the programme recognises good relationships are central to effectively promoting physical, social and emotional wellbeing.

Colin Turner, The director of The Fostering Network in Wales, Colin Turner, stated: “Improving outcomes for looked after children and young people is central to everything that The Fostering Network does. We know that when foster carers and the other professionals in the lives of looked after children work well together, outcomes improve. Fostering Wellbeing is the latest in a number of important programmes that we run in Wales, and we very much look forward to working with Cwm Taf to take the learning from other programmes.”

The West Government is funding the ‘Fostering Wellbeing’ programme.

Carl Sargeant is the Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children; he stated:

“As part of the work of the Improving Outcomes for Children Ministerial Advisory Group, I’m pleased we are working with The Fostering Network to explore the impact of a holistic approach to caring for children which combines education and care.”

At the moment, there are many children and young people currently without a stable and loving home which seriously damages their future prospects. Could you can change this situation. If you become a foster carer, you will at least know you will have made a lasting difference to the lives of some vulnerable children. If you are interested in finding out how rewarding those can be, contact our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. They are used to dealing with a wide range of foster care questions: here are some examples – what is foster care? what particular skills will you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? Can you foster care if you are gay? You may have some different questions! We’ll work hard to help you decide if fostering is for you. There no pressure or obligation – we are here to help you make the right decision.

Leading fostering charity responds to article about carers’ status.

July 19th, 2017

The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, has just responded to an article in Community Care – Children’s services directors wary of moves to ‘professionalise’ foster carers – by saying:

“To debate whether or not using the term professional would be appropriate for foster carers is a redundant argument. Foster carers are professionals, bringing the training, skills and experience that they have to the vitally important role of caring for children.”

Kevin Williams went on to say:

“The problem is that, despite the reality, foster carers are too often not being treated as professionals, with a lack of support, respect, remuneration and training. Many of the key messages from foster carers as part of our 2016 State of the Nation’ Foster Care survey revolved around not feeling respected as an equal member of the team around the child.”

The Fostering Charity has made a submission of over 10,000 words to the national fostering stocktake. A significant part of this addresses the issue of how foster carers perceive their status. There is mounting evidence that foster carers feel undervalued and do not get the respect they feel is deserved. There is currently a shortfall of over 9,000 foster families in the UK.

Providing foster care makes a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children who do not have a stable home. Open your heart…and open your home and you could give a child a future. A bright future! All children should have the opportunity to make something of their lives. Foster carers make this happen. Call 020 8427 3355 to find out more by speaking with one of our advisors. Whatever questions you have, we will happy to provide answers. We do not apply any pressure and place no obligation on you. Some of the questions we get are What is the difference between fostering and adoption? If you are fostering children, is special training needed if you are interested in fostering babies? And even just as simple as what is fostering?

Liverpool council’s ‘Room for One More’ fostering campaign encourages LGBT community to foster.

July 17th, 2017

Matt Henderson-Rood, Mr Gay England, is lending his support to the fostering campaign being run by the Liverpool Echo and Liverpool Council. The ‘Room for One More Campaign’ being run by the council is hoping to encourage more people from the LGBT community to foster. Matt, who will be compering the annual Liverpool Pride has a direct interest in fostering as as he was himself a foster carer for three years.

Matt stated: “We need 9,000 extra foster carers in the UK to cope with the demand of the system and I’ve been working closely with Brighton and Hove Foster team on encouraging more gay people to become involved in fostering.”

There is real pressure to find new foster families as a child is going into care every twenty minutes.
Research has been completed, which indicates that if 1 percent of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community were to either adopt or foster, there would no more children waiting for a home.

You can make a real difference to helping children in this country without a stable home. By fostering, you can provide a child with the kind of security they may never have known. This can improve their prospects and enable them to have a future. The kind of future all young people deserve to have. If you wish to find out more, just call 020 8427 3355 and you can speak with one of our advisors. We get all sorts of questions: what is fostering? What is the difference between fostering and adoption? If you are fostering children, do you need special training if you are interested in fostering babies? Whatever your questions, we will be delighted to take the time to provide answers. We do not apply any pressure and there is no obligation on you. Our intention is to help you make an informed decision as to whether you want to foster.

Leading fostering charity welcomes new chair for Education Committee

July 14th, 2017

The Fostering Network, the leading fostering charity, has welcomed Robert Halfon MP, the new chair of the Westminster Education Committee. This body is cross-party and independent of Government: it scrutinises the work of the Department for Education meaning it has a key role in holding the Government to account. The committee had established a fostering inquiry last year whose work was interrupted due to the general election. The charity will be seeking to meet with the new chair to ensure that this enquiry is completed in time to feed its recommendations into the national fostering stocktake. Amongst other things, the scope of the inquiry covered the recruitment and retention of foster carers, and the capacity of the fostering system, the sufficiency of current recognition, support and recompense given to foster carers, the stability of foster care placements, including the impact of the ‘Staying Put’ initiative since its introduction and what the Government should be considering in its stock take of foster care.

The Government’s national fostering stocktake will be reporting in December. The Fostering Network is one of many organisations that have contributed to it.

There are many children in this country who are currently without a stable and loving home. This seriously disadvantages their future prospects. But you can change this. If you become a foster carer, you will know you will have made a lasting difference to the life of a vulnerable child. What could be more rewarding? If you are interested in finding out more, please call our recruitment team now on 020 8427 3355. They are used to all manner of questions – such as what special skills do you need to have if you are fostering children or fostering babies? what actually is fostering? how long does it take to become a foster carer? What particular skills do you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? But you may have different questions! We are always happy to spend the time to provide you with all the information needed for you to decide if fostering is for you. There is no obligation, or pressure applied to you when you call: our goal is to help you reach the right decision.

Review published into working practices and foster care.

July 12th, 2017

The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices is published this month. This will be a most timely review, coming as it does, in the year of the national fostering stocktake which is the inquiry led by Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers into fostering. The stocktake aims to review and report on how the prospects for children in care may be improved through making changes to foster care provision. There will be many who will be interested to see if certain of the Taylor Review’s findings may be applied to the way fostering services are planned and delivered in the UK. The leading charity, The Fostering Network has already signalled that it will be examining the findings with close interest to see how relevant they may be to the national fostering stocktake.

There has been much debate surrounding the remuneration, support and status given to the nations’s foster carers. Their employment rights have been high on the agenda. It is to be hoped that the Taylor Review will make a positive contribution to the discussion. If it can assist in finding ways forward that will satisfy foster carers, then important progress will have been made in what is a crucial year. There are reasons for optimism that the Review will have important repercussions for the current debate around fostering, since it states that its work is based on –
“a single overriding ambition: All work in the UK economy should be fair and decent with realistic scope for development and fulfilment.”

Many children in the UK are currently without a stable, loving home to grow up in. This means their future prospects are not as good as those of other more fortunate children. You can change this. If you become a foster carer, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you will have made a real difference to the life of a child. It may well be that you are the one person that can offer them hope and a future. What could be more rewarding. If you want to find out more, please call our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. We get all sorts of questions: What is fostering? how long does it take to become a foster carer? What particular skills do you need if you are fostering children or fostering babies? You may have different questions! We are happy to spend the time to provide you with all the information you will need to decide if fostering is for you.

The new children’s minister has priorities spelt out.

July 7th, 2017

The leading charity, The Fostering Network, has welcomed the appointment of Robert Goodwill, new the Minister of State for Children and Families in England. The Charity has appealed to the new Minister to make sure that, despite his additional responsibilities, that a real focus on fostering is maintained. Because of the expanded remit, the charity expressed the concern that there could be a “dilution” in the attention that fostering receives.

With over 9,000 new foster families needed in the UK this year, it is essential that fostering and the needs of foster carers, remain high on the agenda. To ensure that this is the case, The Fostering Network has identified four priorities for the new Minister to pay heed to. These are to:
• Focus on the national stocktake currently underway,
• Promote charters – such as the charity’s “Foster Carers’ Charter Campaign’,
• Help children and foster carers to ‘Keep Connected’,
• Introduce staying put minimum allowance.

The charity has registered its concern as in its own words: “the children’s social care sector is currently facing significant challenges which will require the Minister’s undivided attention if a crisis is to be averted.”

If you are currently looking for a leading independent fostering agency, you can call our recruitment team at Rainbow: we’ll be able answer your questions about fostering and help you decide whether it is for you. We provide our applicants and foster carers with outstanding support and training. So if you are interested in fostering children, teenagers or perhaps fostering babies, please do get in touch. Just call 020 8427 3355. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about the many aspects of fostering there are. And please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Shortage of foster carers for teenagers causing problems in Australia.

July 3rd, 2017

Rainbow Fostering is playing a major part in an international fostering project in India, (detailed on our blog section) consequently, we take a lively interest in the world of fostering beyond the UK. This is because many of the dynamics affecting the delivery of foster care are similar to those in this country. New South Wales has experienced a dramatic rise in the number of children placed in care: over the last ten years, the rate of increase has grown by nearly 60% from 11,844 to 18,659. A significant proportion – over 11,000 – are older children aged between eight and seventeen.
Marist 180 is a non-profit fostering organisation: their foster care manager, Hayley Clisby, reported the situation being experienced in Western Sydney was especially bad; she stated “In some cases we also have children and young people who are put in hotels and motels, which is really sad.” She went on to say that a lot of children do not have a permanent place to call home which means they may well be couch surfing.
Pru Goward is the Community Services Minister and she explained that the ‘ice’ epidemic had played a significant part in the increase in young people placed out-of-home. She expressed the hope that early drugs intervention programmes could help reduce numbers:
“If we could get on top of drug addiction in parents and the violence that comes with it, then I think we could get that trajectory to change direction,” she said.
In the UK today, just as in Australia, we are urgently seeking people to come forward and provide homes for children – especially people interested in fostering teenagers. A lot of these young people really have had a difficult time and the offer of a secure, loving and stable home could make all the difference to them. Rainbow will, give anyone who wants to foster the best in training and support. This will always be there for every day of the year – round the clock. It’s easy to find out if you have what it takes: call our dedicated experts in the recruitment team here on 020 8427 3355. They will be delighted to answer your questions. The kinds of questions we are routinely asked cover long does it take to become a foster carer? What is the fostering allowance? Can I foster if I am single? If you are gay or straight, or any ethnicity, we want to hear from you. Change your life and the life of a child today.

Oregon children staying in hotels while awaiting foster homes

June 30th, 2017

As Rainbow Fostering is playing a major part in an International fostering project in India, we take an interest in what is happening in relation to fostering beyond these shores. In the US, fostering is hitting the headlines again: more than 130 children in Oregon have been put up in hotels or offices and left with unlicensed carers whilst they wait for permanent foster homes to be found. One 5 year old it has emerged was in a hotel for a total of 55 days. Coming under criticism the state has responded by stating that whilst they have 7,424 foster care children it is a “small minority” who have experienced this type of temporary lodging. This was the line taken by Carla A. Scott, who is an assistant attorney general with the Oregon Department of Justice. She went on to state:
“The fact that a limited number of children may experience temporary lodging in a hotel each night is not enough to show that the same is likely to happen to thousands of other children.”
It was also argued by the state that some teenagers had preferred staying a hotel rather than taking up a foster care placement. CASA is a non-profit advocacy group for children and their lawyers filed a lawsuit last September against the Human Services Department, which has alleged that the state’s temporary lodging practice violated the rights of two young girls.
Many children and young people currently need a stable, secure and loving home in the UK. Should you become a foster carer, you can start to help children; many of whom have had a tough time. And you can be the person who makes a real difference to their future. Many children do present with challenging behaviour, but Rainbow provides training, guidance and support to help you make a success of fostering. If you wish to discover more about giving a child a future call our expert recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. They will explain just how incredibly rewarding fostering can be. Typical questions that are asked are about what is fostering? The fostering allowance and how long does it take to become a foster carer? The different skills needed if you are fostering babies or fostering children are common subjects we are asked about.

Massachusetts foster parents fighting for a bill of rights.

June 28th, 2017

Just as our own National Fostering Stocktake is underway in the UK which is looking into the status and rights of foster carers in the UK, foster parents in Massachusetts are saying that they don’t feel represented within their system. Quira Deng, a former foster parent stated “We’re tired of feeling like they’re taking advantage of us…like we’re a babysitter,”

Foster parents have been reporting that they are not being given enough information about a child before it arrives in their home. Crucial details such as health problems, or potential safety issues are not, they feel, being provided.

“We don’t feel like we’re part of a team we don’t feel…like nobody regards us at all,” was the feeling of one foster carer. Such sentiments have led to the pressure for this bill of rights. One of the key elements in the bill will be better communication. It will require the Department of Children and Families to accurately profile a child before placement. This will cover family background, behaviour, general health and how many times the child or young person has been moved before the placement.

There are a great many children and young people currently needing a home in the UK. Become a foster carer and you can start to help children who have not had the best start in life. You can make a real difference to their future. Children can often present with challenging behaviour, but we provide the guidance, training and support so you can help them to settle and start to make something of their lives. This is incredibly rewarding! If you wish to discover more about giving a child a future call our expert recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. Typical questions we get cover the fostering allowance, how long does it take to become a foster carer? what is fostering? The different skills needed if you are fostering children or fostering babies is something we give advice on. We would especially like to hear from people who have an interest in fostering teenagers.

A global focus on improvements to fostering.

June 27th, 2017

An International Foster Care Conference has recently been held in Greece. There are likely to be ramifications around the world for fostering. Mary Theodoropoulou, of the Roots Research Center, which led the conference, said that “Foster care is a strategy in Greece for only a few children”.

The intention is to start to assess the different ways that foster care is delivered in different nations. It has been recognised there is a long way to go since it was accepted that there is a lack of protection under Human Rights laws for children around the world. This is a problem even before considering the design and implementation of models to ensure the smooth delivery of fostering services.

In India, for example – where Rainbow Fostering are involved in the development of a uniform fostering service delivery model – the problems are on a large scale. In this country, the population stands at 1.3 billion and any kind of foster care system is practically unknown. In the past, the system for childcare in India, relied on a wide range of different institutions. This meant that care could not be provided in a standardised way, making it impossible to measure outcomes. Ian Anand Forber-Pratt, is with CERI (Children’s Emergency Relief International) and is working to establish India’s first foster care system in conjunction with other key stakeholders such as Rainbow Fostering. Ian Anand Forber-Pratt stated – “The Indian child protection system is rapidly developing to include the concept of family based care. The transition has to consider historically entrenched hierarchies, caste divisions, religious ideologies and cultural practices. In our country, social change will happen slowly.”

If you want to work with a leading independent fostering agency and you want to find out more about becoming a foster carer, call our dedicated recruitment team on 020 8427 3355: we’ll provide you with complete information about what fostering involves. We provide our applicants and foster carers with high quality support and training. Support is in place around the clock. So if you are now giving serious thought to fostering children, teenagers or possibly fostering babies, please feel free to get in touch. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering.

National Fostering Stocktake deadline passes

June 23rd, 2017

The deadline for submissions to the National Fostering Stocktake was passed on the 16th June.
Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers are leading the inquiry and the findings are due to be released in December. The Stocktake aims to examine how the prospects for children and young people in care can be improved by making changes to the way foster care is delivered. Views have been
sought from stakeholders along with academics, practitioners, foster carers, children in care and children and adults who have left care.

A whole range of aspects of fostering are being looked into including the role, status and function of foster carers in relation to other professionals. This is one area for which consideration is long overdue and bears directly on the recruitment and retention of foster carers.

Make a real difference to the life of a vulnerable child or young person as a foster carer. We provide applicants and foster carers with outstanding training and support. So if you are interested in fostering children or fostering babies or teenagers, call 020 8427 3355 today and speak with a member of our friendly recruitment team. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for a broad range of information about foster care.

The Queen’s birthday honours recognises Foster Carers

June 22nd, 2017

 

The important work that foster carers do up and down the country taking care of vulnerable children and young people has been recognised in this year’s birthday honours list. It is heartening to see that the work of fostering has been given prominence. It is especially important that the selfless work foster carers do is singled out for recognition. At the present time, it is proving hard to recruit new people into fostering, so bringing this important work to national attention is particularly welcome.

The achievements of one foster carer in our locality are typical of the committed and dedicated work of all those foster carers who have been honoured.

Sonia Evans is a foster carer from Wembley in North-West London and she has just been awarded an MBE for services to children and families in Kensington and Chelsea. Whilst fostering, she has cared for thirteen families and their birth families and provided support for young people to enable them to prepare for independent life.

We congratulate all foster carers in the country who have been recognised for their work this year!

As a foster carer, you can start making a real difference to the life of a vulnerable child or young person. Give our friendly team a call and we’ll chat about what fostering involves. You can be reassured that we provide applicants and foster carers with outstanding training and support. Could you be interested in fostering children or fostering babies – call 020 8427 3355 today, or you can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ general information about the role of a foster carer: you might wish to know about foster carer requirements or how long does it take to become a foster carer. Remember, our friendly approachable team is here to answer all your questions.

Rights for foster carers on the agenda

June 21st, 2017

 

Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers were appointed earlier this year to carry out a National Fostering Stocktake by the Secretary of State for Education. This aims primarily to look into “the status, role and function of foster carers in relation to other professionals as part of the team working with a child in care”. This will be wide ranging and has resulted in The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain, which has, since September 2016, been representing foster care in the UK. The union is requesting that Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers consider the employment rights of foster carers.

The union is working to increase recruit more foster carers: they are also looking to standardise procedures to allow carers to foster with more than one local authority. The intention is also to introduce a foster care workers rights bill before parliament which “would allow foster carers trade union representation in disciplinary hearings, give them statutory protection for whistleblowing, and guarantee paid holidays.”

Become a foster carer and start making a real difference to the life of a child or young person. Rainbow Fostering are a leading independent fostering agency: you can give our friendly team a call and we’ll be happy to have a chat about what fostering children involves.We provide applicants and foster carers with training and support of the highest standard. Please, if you feel you might be interested in fostering children or fostering babies – please get in touch and discover what the next steps are. Call 020 8427 3355 today, or you can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for a lot of general information about foster care covering what is fostering? the fostering allowance, types of fostering and foster care requirements as examples of topics we are regularly asked about.

New short film focuses on siblings

June 19th, 2017

 

A short three minute film has just been released focusing on siblings. It emphasises the importance of striving to keep siblings together. As there is a national shortage of over 9,000 foster families – the film also calls for more foster carers who are willing to have siblings. The film called ‘Giants’ features the story of Jack and Ellie – brother and sister – who end up in the care system but want to be fostered together. The project follows the success of a short film made in 2015 by Coventry City Council to create awareness of the life changing difference foster carers can make to vulnerable children and young people. This film has involved support from thirteen local authorities: these are Worcestershire, Birmingham, Telford and Wrekin, Coventry, Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Derby and Traffordshire, Leicestershire, Leicester City, Sandwell and Stoke.

If you are now seriously giving thought to becoming a foster carer and making a difference to a child/young person’s life, consider Rainbow Fostering. We are a leading independent fostering agency committed to always being there for our foster carers and children. Simply give our friendly team at Rainbow a call and we’ll be able to put you in the picture. Our friendly team will be able to tell you all about fostering and what you can expect. We always aim to provide applicants and foster carers with training and support of the very highest standard. Please, if you feel you might be interested in fostering children or fostering babies – please get in touch and discover what the next steps are. Call 020 8427 3355 today or you can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for a lot of general information about fostering.

Shortage of foster carers in Devon

June 15th, 2017

 

There are over nine thousand new foster families needed in the UK this year. Devon is the latest county to flag up a shortage of foster carers. Families are being urged to think about fostering because in the last six months alone, two hundred children have been referred to an IFA (independent fostering agency). Breaking this number down; there were forty one sibling groups, sixteen parent and child referrals and fifty nine children and young persons with specific needs.
The current situation is one where there are no vacancies available for forty six individuals.

There is an upcoming event to be held by the agency for anyone interested in becoming a foster carer on June 27, starting from 6pm to 9pm at Headway Devon, The XCentre, Commercial Road, Exeter.

If you are looking for a leading independent fostering agency because you have been considering fostering, call our dedicated recruitment team on 020 8427 3355: we’ll be more than happy to provide you with information about what fostering involves. We provide our applicants and foster carers with the very best in support and training. Once you are an approved carer with us, that support is twenty-four seven. So if you are giving serious thought to fostering children, teenagers or maybe even fostering babies, please get in touch. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. And please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Fostering couple retire after 52 years

June 14th, 2017

 

Alongside our international fostering project in India, of which we will have more to report in the coming weeks, we like to keep an eye out for other stories from abroad that show that we have so much in common with the great work other foster carers are doing for young people.

A couple in Indiana are retiring after fostering children for 52 years. The pair, Fred and Barb Freeman, have pictures over their walls of all the children that they have cared for.
As it is here in the UK, Fred – who is aged 85 – said

“One of the main things we’ve learned is the general public has no idea of how much need there is out there,”

No one can dispute the tremendous work the couple have done over the years: they estimate that they have fosterer nearly 150 to 300 children over the five decades they have been looking after children. The Freeman’s had three of their own birth children and eventually went on to adopt three of the children they had fostered.

If you are currently searching for a leading independent fostering agency, don’t hesitate to contact our recruitment team at Rainbow Fostering: we’ll help you to know what fostering involves. We provide our applicants and approved foster carers with outstanding support and training at every stage of their application – and beyond. So, remember, if you are interested in fostering children, teenagers or perhaps fostering babies call 020 8427 3355. And you can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for a lot more general information about fostering.

More money needed for fostering in the US

June 9th, 2017

 

Proving that issues that impact on fostering services can be universal, lawmakers in California are now investigating the need for more funding for fostering. It is not just the UK that finds its fostering system under strain. In California, they are finding that more infants and toddlers are entering the state foster care system. Lawmakers there are now considering making emergency funding available. This has been proposed by Tony Thurmond, who is a Democrat from Richmond: the idea is to create a short-term assistance program offering vouchers that families could use for child care when they receive a new foster child or young person. The vouchers could be valid for a six month period. This to give parents time to apply for other subsidies/benefits or to reorganize their work patterns. Tony Thurmond stated:

“Kids need to be supported by nurturing families, whether that’s their relative caregiver or foster parent,” says Thurmond. “This is an important resource in helping them make that match and that connection happen.”

Lots of people think about fostering but feel it is not for them for a whole series of reasons. We find that if people talk to us, we can give them the information that enables them to see that fostering can be an option for them. So we would encourage anyone who is considering fostering to give us a call here at Rainbow. We have a friendly Recruitment Team who are knowledgeable about all the issues relating to fostering: call 020 8427 3355 for an informal chat. Common enquiries we receive relate to fostering children, fostering babies, what experience do you need to foster and fostering allowance and benefits. We welcome applications from people from all walks of life, cultural backgrounds and ethnicities. We have a lot more general information about fostering at http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/

Information evening for potential foster carers.

June 6th, 2017

 

An informal evening to which anyone who might be potentially interested in fostering, is being held by Staffordshire County Council. It starts at 7pm and is on at the Roman Way Hotel in Cannock on Wednesday. The cabinet member for children and young people at Staffordshire County Council, Mark Sutton, stated:
“Fostering can be one of the most rewarding things you can do and can give a young person the chance of a better start in life. Lots of our foster families tell us it’s the best thing they have ever done and gives them the feeling that they are making a real difference.”

This special information evening will comprise of an informal presentation about fostering. This will be given by a Social Worker with expertise in fostering. A question and answer session with current foster carers will then follow the presentation. There will be the chance, over coffee, to discuss with foster carers what their experiences are as well as to learn what training and support is made available.

If you are looking for advice, Rainbow is a leading independent fostering agency. Simply give our friendly team at Rainbow a call; we’ll be able to tell you all about fostering. We always aim to provide applicants and foster carers alike with support and training of the highest standard. So if you feel you might be interested in fostering children or fostering babies – please get in touch and we’ll tell you how what the next steps are. Just call 020 8427 3355. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering.

Scottish independent Care Review draws a response

June 1st, 2017

 

Kevin Williams, the chief executive of The Fostering Network, has responded to the launch of the independent Care Review saying:

“We welcome the launch of the Care Review and look forward to continuing to support Fiona Duncan as chair and working with the group to share the views of our members in Scotland.

‘It is fantastic to see such a comprehensive plan for the review, which will consider legislation, practices, culture and ethos, as well as consulting looked after young people and those involved in their care. Including this broad range of opinions is essential to improving outcomes for all looked after children and young people.”

Kevin Williams, however, also went on to say that he hoped the review would “not further prolong” the Scottish Governments inaction on a now ten year old pledge to introduce minimum fostering allowances. Implementing this would signal a readiness to match the level of commitment children being fostered in the other countries of the UK receive. This action would reinforce the sentiments of Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister –

“Every young person should have an equal opportunity to succeed in life, no matter their circumstances.”

If you want to talk with a leading independent fostering agency, please give our recruitment team at Rainbow Fostering a call: we’ll let you know what is involved in fostering children and young people. We provide our applicants and approved foster carers with outstanding support and training throughout their fostering journey. Simply call us today on 020 8427 3355. And you can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for a lot more general information about what is involved in fostering. Please remember – take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Leicestershire couple celebrates 45 years of fostering

May 31st, 2017

 

Two foster carers have just celebrated a remarkable four and a half decades fostering children.
The pair, Tricia and Norm, have during this time provided foster care for over 200 children. It is their hope that marking their achievement will inspire more people to consider fostering. The county council; like so many, is under pressure to recruit more foster carers. The couple were presented with a long- service award at a council event all about celebrating the work of their foster carers.

The assistant director for children and family services from Leicestershire County Council is Sharon Cooke: she said of the couple –

“Tricia and Norm are wonderful examples of what fostering is all about, they have touched the lives of hundreds of children and young people in Leicestershire.”

If you are searching for a leading independent fostering agency, please give our recruitment team at Rainbow Fostering a call: we’ll let you know what is involved in fostering children. We provide our applicants and approved foster carers with outstanding support and training. So if you are interested in fostering children, teenagers or perhaps fostering babies, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Just call 020 8427 3355. And you can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Fostering news from around the world

As previously reported, Rainbow International is engaged in moving forward with creating the first fostering resource in India. This is a country with 20 million orphans. As enormous as this number is, it has to be remembered that there are children and young people the world over who need loving and stable homes. Right now in Singapore, more and more children and young people are on a national foster scheme being run by the Ministry of Social and Family Development. But, just as is the case in the UK, there is a pressing need for foster parents to care for older children and those with special needs. This year saw the Committee of Supply debating the issue: Faishal Ibrahim, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, reporting that an increasing number of children were being placed on the national foster scheme. In 2013, there were 243 foster families – in 2016 this had risen to 420 – representing an increase of seventy three percent. He also drew specific attention to the need to find foster parents for teenagers and children with special needs:

“Older children generally have a bit more awareness and the maturity to understand things around them,” explained Amina Maisara, a senior foster care officer with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF). “They would have gone through more and seen more of their family environment. And on top of that, children over 12 would also have typical teenage issues which could be a bit of a challenge.”

Many people consider fostering but never take it further as they think it is a complex process. It isn’t! At Rainbow we make it simple and rewarding. We are always on hand to provide twenty four hour support to our foster carers. And we provide the very best in training, so people can really move their fostering careers forward. So, if you want to have a friendly, informal chat with absolutely no commitment, please ring our friendly and expert recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. We always welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and ethnicities. We have more general information about fostering children available at http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/

Council launches new foster scheme

May 24th, 2017

 

A new fostering scheme has been launched by Bridgebd County Borough Council which is all about helping vulnerable parents and their children stay together as a family. Styled the ‘Parent and Child’ scheme, the intention is for it to offer a supportive lifeline for parents – who together with their child, will be accommodated in a foster carer’s home for up to 12 weeks. This scheme will enable foster carers to assist parents with developing skills in a supportive environment.
The council’s corporate director for social services and wellbeing, Sue Cooper, said –

“With many parents needing this extra support to care for their child, we are calling on residents to think about becoming a ‘parent and child’ foster carer.
This scheme is for parents who really want to learn to be a good parent, but they may just need extra care and guidance in order to have the right parenting skills to look after their children.”

The scheme has been launched by the council as a response to the rising number of placement referrals being received. Foster Carers will be offered additional training and support to help parents develop the all important parenting skills needed to create strong bonds with their children. Close support from social care professionals will also be provided.

Last year was a very important one for Rainbow Fostering: we celebrated our eighteenth anniversary. Over this period, our organisation has become one of the leading fostering service providers. We love to talk to people who are becoming interested in foster care, and are always happy to answer any questions people have. Perhaps you have a special interest in fostering babies, or fostering children of any age. There is a real demand presently for people to provide foster homes for teenagers. We also train much needed foster carers to look after children and young people with complex needs. Call 020 8427 3355 when you feel like finding out more: you can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for general information about foster care.

Dundee foster carers honoured

May 22nd, 2017

 

A Dundee couple, Robin and Sandra Smith, aged 77 and 75 respectively, have just been honoured at the Dundee City Chambers. They were amongst a group of foster carers to be recognised for their hard work and dedication. The special ‘Long Service Celebration’ was organised by the family placement team at the council. This was done as part of Foster Care Fortnight which finished on Friday – organised by the leading charity – The Fostering Network.

Sandra and Robin have fostered babies up to the age of one since the couple were in their early thirties. Sandra said that “foster caring had never felt like work because it was so rewarding.”
In all the couple have fostered over one hundred and seventy five children.
Rainbow are an independent fostering agency (IFA) with a presence in London and fostering uk. Please get in touch if you wish to foster. We will be more than happy to provide all the advice and up to the minute guidance we have gained from our fostering network. Rainbow have recently celebrated their eighteenth anniversary – our experience of fostering is second to none. So if you have an interest in fostering children, or fostering babies – or teenagers would like to chat with you. We also train much needed foster carers to look after children and young people with complex needs. Just call 020 8427 3355. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. And we have a range of interesting blogs covering fostering issues.

Foster Carers of the year in Northern Ireland announced

May 19th, 2017

 

A couple, William and Valerie Newell were nominated by their two foster children and received the accolade from The Fostering Network on Saturday 13th May at the Hilton Hotel in Belfast.

The selection panel were reported to have been “blown away” by the accounts of the couple who have fostered children with complex behavioural and emotional problems, sibling groups and many babies. Thus they have done whilst raising their own three children

The director of The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland, Kathleen Toner, said –
“William, Valerie and all of our winners are shining examples of how foster care can transform children’s lives. It is thanks to them and thousands of other foster carers that children can feel supported and happy. We are pleased to be honouring them all tonight and saying we are proud to support fostering, celebrating those people who devote their lives to helping children and young people.”

Rainbow are an independent fostering agency (IFA) with a presence in London and fostering uk. Contact us if you wish to foster. We are happy to provide all the advice and up to the minute guidance gained from our fostering network. If you are interested in fostering children, or fostering babies, please get in touch. We also train much needed foster carers to look after children and young people with complex needs. Just call 020 8427 3355. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. And please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Leading charity makes appeal for under 35s to become foster carers

May 17th, 2017

 

The Fostering Network is the leading fostering charity; during the second week of its high profile national campaign – Foster Care Fortnight – it is encouraging the under 35’s to become foster carers. Less than 5% of carers are aged under 35, yet this group makes up about 20% of the total UK population. Chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, stated –

“Older foster carers bring life experience and skills from other work to fostering, and do an amazing job in providing homes for thousands of fostered children. However, given the need for over 7,000 more foster families in 2017, it’s vital that we also reach out to more people under 35 who are heavily under-represented among foster carers”

Rainbow are a leading independent fostering agency. Simply give the recruitment team here a call and we’ll put you in the picture about what fostering involves. Our goal is to provide our applicants and foster carers with high quality support and training. If you have been giving thought to the idea of fostering children – please contact us and we’ll inform you what the next stages are. Simply call 020 8427 3355. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. One more thing, if you get the time, please remember to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Essex – the latest authority appealing for foster carers

May 15th, 2017

 

Essex County Council is hoping that Foster Care Fortnight will help them find few foster families in the area. Like many authorities, they are caught in the cycle of existing foster carers retiring whilst the demand for foster homes remains high. Around a hundred new foster families are needed in 2017.There is a definite need to raise awareness and crucially to inspire a new generation of people to become interested in taking care of vulnerable children.

Existing foster carers are also joining the effort by sharing their pictures of the #bearincare aiming to heighten awareness of the need for more carers and the difference they make to the lives of children and young people. The ‘Elf on the Shelf’ fad has inspired the initiative: social workers and foster carers take pictures of the bear in different parts of the county. The images are then shared on social media. The goal is to raise over a thousand pounds for Essex Foster Care Association, which works to support foster families in Essex.

If you are looking for advice, we are a leading independent fostering agency. Simply give the recruitment team at Rainbow a call and we’ll be able to let you know what fostering involves. We aim to provide our applicants and foster carers with support and training of the highest standard. So if you think you might be interested in fostering children or fostering babies – please get in touch and we’ll tell you how what the next steps are. Just call 020 8427 3355. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. If you can, please remember to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Now Wales signals shortage of foster carers

May 10th, 2017

 

The leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network; as part of their annual Foster Care Fortnight, has revealed at least 440 new foster care families were now needed in Wales.

Colin Turner, the director of The Fostering Network based in Wales, stated:

“Without more foster families in Wales coming forward during 2017, and especially people who could foster teenagers and sibling groups, some children will find themselves living a long way from family,”

An additional survey has highlighted that ninety seven percent of fostering services based in the UK, have a pressing need for foster homes for teenagers. The figure for sibling groups from the same survey was six percent for sibling groups. Colin Turner also reported that such a shortage was unfortunate as it resulted in children being split up from siblings – as well as friends.
Around fifty four percent of children needing homes in Wales were older than ten – most of them are teenagers. Official figures now available reveal that the number of children going into the care system in Wales has risen over the last five years – up twenty four percent.

If you are looking for a leading independent fostering agency, give the recruitment team at Rainbow a call: we’ll be able to let you know all that is involved in fostering. We provide our applicants and foster carers with the very best in support and training. So if you are interested in fostering children, teenagers or perhaps fostering babies, please get in touch. Just call 020 8427 3355. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. And please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Channel Island ‘significantly short’ of foster carers

May, 9th 2017

 

A major effort is underway in both bailiwicks to find people to come forward and become foster children. This is timed with the launch of The Fostering Network’s 2017 ‘Foster Care Fortnight’ campaign to raise awareness of the need for more foster carers. The campaign last year helped to find an extra five families in Jersey. Margarida Olivier, Publicity Officer at Fostering & Adoption, Jersey stated:

“We want to raise awareness of foster care in the community and encourage people to open their hearts and homes to local children. Foster care is challenging but incredibly rewarding; it can help turn children’s lives around and establish hope for their future.”

The authorities in Jersey have reported that at least another ten families willing to foster are now needed to meet the needs of children on the island. There is currently a ‘significant’ shortage of foster families in the island of Guernsey, however the authorities there say they are aiming to recruit foster parents for children with specific needs.

Rainbow Fostering are now urgently looking for people from all cultural/ethnic backgrounds, who might have an interest in becoming foster parents. The rewards are good and we are always on hand for any questions you might have have. So if you are really seriously thinking about fostering children or fostering babies – or would like information on the different types of fostering you could consider – please contact our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355: Some frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) they receive range over areas such as – advice on foster care payments; foster care requirements as well as how long does it take to become a foster carer? Whatever your inquiry, we’ll do our best to help.

It’s also worth visiting the rest of our Rainbow website http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/

Foster Care Fortnight begins with a ‘Thunderclap’

May, 8th 2017

 

Today sees the start of ‘Foster Care Fortnight’. It is the biggest awareness raising campaign about fostering in the UK. It is managed and delivered by the country’s leading foster care charity – The Fostering Network. The campaign has now been running for almost twenty years. The goal is to raise the profile of fostering and demonstrate how fostering really does transform lives. This annual campaign is the UK’s biggest foster carer recruitment drive: in the next 12 months, 9,070 new foster families are urgently being sought. There is a pressing need to find people to come forward and foster teenagers, disabled children, sibling groups and unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
On the 8th of May a ‘Thunderclap’ will take place to start Foster Care Fortnight with a real bang.
Social media is now a vital part of raising awareness and a ‘Thunderclap’ is a coordinated mass social media posting to emphasize a particular message to a large audience. The message for this year is the ‘transformational power of fostering’.

How long does it take someone to become a foster carer? And what is involved in fostering children, or teenagers? Consider: what are the differences if you are fostering babies? Here at Rainbow Fostering, these are a few of the many questions we are often asked. Our recruitment team is always delighted to answer these and any other questions you may have. Fostering is certainly a life changing step – we are here to provide support at all times. There is a shortage of over 9,070 foster families in the UK: we now seek applications from people from all cultural/ethnic backgrounds to become foster carers. Call us today on 020 8427 3355. Remember, if you care…foster care!

Education fostering inquiry meets

May, 5th 2017

 

The third evidence session for the Education Committee’s fostering inquiry has now taken place.
During the session, various topics relating to fostering were examined in detail: educational outcomes for children in care, concerns relating to special guardianship orders and scrutiny of whether the system for commissioning placements remains fit for purpose, were all explored.

The Committee will, as part of its remit, be investigating projects currently being piloted as part of the Department of Education’s ‘Innovation Programme’. The chair of the meeting, Neil Carmichael, announced to the Committee members that the fostering inquiry will be postponed until later in the year as a result of the general election being called.

Rainbow Fostering are looking right now for people from all backgrounds to consider becoming foster carers. We are always glad to answer any questions you might wish to ask regarding fostering. So, if you might have been seriously considering offering a stable, loving home to a vulnerable child or young person, please contact our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355.
We are proud to have a community of foster carers with longstanding service with Rainbow. It is possible, as part of the application process, to meet with our experienced carers: this provides great insight into what fostering involves.

Urgent call for foster carers in Derry

May 4th, 2017

 

The WesternTrust has issued an urgent appeal to find new carers to address the growing need for foster homes. The demand for placements is continuing to grow. The appeal has been timed to coincide with the launch of ‘Fostering Fortnight’ from 08 May to 21 May. Pat Armstrong the Head of Fostering Services for the Western Trust recognised the dedication and commitment of foster carers: speaking in front of ninety foster carers at a recent celebration organised by the Trust, she stated – “The Western Trust Fostering Service is highly committed to training foster carers in how to re-parent children in care using a ‘Model of Attachment (MAP) practice.”

She stressed the unique and special relationships formed by a child with their caregiver. The importance was emphasised of focusing upon the child and not the behaviour exhibited.

Over 9,000 new foster families are needed across the UK. This is yet more evidence that the pressure is mounting to find foster carers to offer stable loving homes for vulnerable children.

We are looking for people from all backgrounds to consider foster caring. We are happy to answer any questions you might have regarding fostering. If you are giving serious consideration to providing a stable, loving home, please call our friendly recruitment team on 020 8427 3355.
We are proud to have many carers with longstanding service with Rainbow: the support, training and guidance we offer is second to none.

Findings from the Social Care Institute for Excellence have repercussions for fostering

May 3rd, 2017

 

Research has shown that children who are being fostered have a “consistently lower level of academic achievement than other children. They are much less likely than other children to obtain GCSEs and A levels, or to go on to further education.” The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) found back in 2014 that “foster children want the same things in life as nearly all children: success at school, a good job, a happy family and children. School and education are very important to them as a first step to achieving these ambitions.” Children in care confront obstacles that militate against this: the main one is the disruption to their education that they are likely to face. Foster children often move schools frequently. This can have happened even before they come into care, or once in care, their placement is too far from their original school. SCIE are now proposing that there is more ‘joined up thinking’ between foster carers, school as well as social services. This is vital as it is well documented that stable placements enable foster children to have a greater chance of educational success.

How long does it take to become a foster carer? What is involved in fostering children or teenagers? What are the differences if you are fostering babies? at Rainbow these are just some of the many questions we are frequently asked. Our recruitment team will be delighted to answer any questions you have. Fostering is a life changing step and we are here to provide support at all times. There is a shortage of over 9,000 foster families in the UK: we seek applications from people from all cultural/ethnic backgrounds. Call us today on 020 8427 3355 – if you care…foster care!

Call to improve foster care through the ballot box.

May 2nd, 2017

 

The Fostering Network is advising that as Elections to the local authorities in many areas of the country take place on Thursday 4 May, a great opportunity to help to improve foster care has been presented. The leading charity is asking that everybody with an interest in fostering helps to promote The Fostering Network’s foster carers’ charter to any prospective councillors they meet with. The idea of the charter is to give foster carers the recognition and appreciation that they deserve. This will play an important part in giving children the highest standards of care.

The Fostering Network has forwarded copies of the charter to all the local authorities in the country. Amongst other things, the charter encourages people to get a commitment from local politicians to provide:
• support to increase foster carer confidence and resilience;
• ongoing learning and development;
• clarity about decisions;
• clarity about decisions.

Rainbow Fostering seek people from all cultural/ethnic backgrounds to become foster carers. There are significant rewards and we’ll always answer any questions you have. Some frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) include – advice on foster care payments; foster care requirements as well as how long does it take to become a foster carer? So if you are really seriously considering fostering children or fostering babies – or would like information on the different types of fostering you could consider – contact our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355: It’s also worth visiting the rest of our Rainbow website http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/

Index records stability is vital for children in foster care

April 28th, 2017

 

The director of operations at The Fostering Network, Melissa Green, has responded to the recent publication of the Children Commissioner for England’s Stability Index:

“We welcome this report as it sheds further light on one of the major issues affecting children in care today. It is disruptive enough for a child when the difficult decision is made to take them into care, but if the system then causes further unnecessary disruption through changes in their home, school or social worker, then they are being let down by their corporate parents. It is surely not acceptable that 71 per cent of children in care in England experienced a change in their placement, school, or their social worker over a 12 month period.”

Melissa Green also stated that for young people and children in care stability is vital: there is the clearest correlation between placement stability and positive outcomes for children. The point was also made that instability has a detrimental effect on fostering outcomes for many years. The Fostering Network’s own 2016 ‘State of the Nation’ survey concluded that fifty percent of foster carers had direct experience of a placement being ended when, in their opinion, that militated against the best interest of the child.

Rainbow Fostering now urgently require people from all cultural/ethnic backgrounds to come into fostering. There are many rewards and we’ll answer any questions you raise. FAQ’s include – advice on foster care payments; foster care requirements and also, commonly, how long does it take to become a foster carer? So if you are seriously considering fostering children or fostering babies – or want information on different types of fostering contact our recruitment team on
020 8427 3355: It’s well worth visiting the rest of our website http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ where you will find a lot of information on what is fostering and what is involved

Home Office publishes guidance on the law on indecent images

April 18th, 2017

 

New guidance has been produced by the Home Office which aims to assist young people to have an understanding of the law in making or circulating indecent images of children. The Home Office is working in partnership with organisations that include Marie Collins Foundation, the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) and the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). The guidance covers defining some of the terms used in legislation as well as making available three short films (only 60 seconds duration) which focus upon the harm that viewing indecent material can cause. If you are a foster carer and have concerns in this area you can contact CEOP which is dedicated to eradicating the sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children. This organisation works right across the UK tackling child sex abuse, as well as providing advice and guidance for parents and young people.

We urgently need people from all backgrounds and walks of life to consider fostering. We are here to answer any questions you might have – on foster care payments, as well as foster care requirements and also how long does it take to become a foster carer? So if you are giving serious consideration to fostering children or fostering babies, please call our friendly and helpful recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. Rainbow Fostering are very keen to hear from people, whatever their ethnicity or cultural background, who might be interested in fostering. Please visit the rest of our website http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ where there is a lot of information about the different types of fostering

Liverpool City Council launches appeal for foster carers

April 13th, 2017

 

Liverpool Council has launched a new appeal to find people to come forward to consider fostering.
The demand is increasing and there is a shortage of stable homes to offer children and young people in need. The campaign has attracted the support of some high profile stars – including the TV pundit and football legend Jamie Carragher, and actress Miriam Margolyes.

Barry Kushner, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, stated:

“Securing a stable home environment for foster children is vital if they are to have the best chances in life and realise their ambitions,” (continuing) “Whether you are older, single or never had children, you can foster. Foster carers just need to be able to provide a solid and reliable foundation for children and young people to find theirs.”

“It is so vitally important for children and young people to live in a loving, stable environment, particularly after experiencing the upheaval and, sometimes, trauma of being placed in care.”

Rainbow Fostering urgently need people from all walks of life and cultural/ethnic backgrounds to consider fostering. We’ll answer any questions you may have – on foster care payments – as well as foster care requirements and also how long does it take to become a foster carer? So if you are seriously considering fostering children or fostering babies – maybe even teenagers, call our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355: please visit the rest of our website http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ where you will find a lot of information about the different types of fostering

Rainbow Fostering Director to receive International Award

April 12th, 2017

 

Last year was a very special year for Rainbow Fostering as it celebrated its eighteenth anniversary.
This was marked by the launch of Rainbow International by the agency director Mr. Aijaz Ahmad. This new offshoot of the UK based agency is working in collaboration with the Jamia Millia Ismalia university to create the first National Foster Care Resource Centre in India. The new proposed NRCFC will work under the direction of the university’s Centre for Early Childhood Development and Research (CECDR).

India currently has over 20 million orphans (set to increase to 24 million by 2021) so there is a desperate need for foster families. The new Resource Centre will be the first training resource of its type in the whole of the country. It will mean that there will be a growing resource of trained foster carers who will in turn support parents to provide homes and care for children. The goal is to provide a ‘national framework’ for the delivery of foster care provision across the country.

Land has already been allocated for the new Resource Centre and the project has attracted press interest from some of the major titles in the country. Mr. Ahmad said the project is benefitting from the enthusiastic support, energy, drive and dedication from Vice Chancellor Talat Ahmad of Jamia Millia Islamia together with the expertise of Professor Zubair Meenai, of the university’s Centre for Early Childhood Development and Research. Another key player is Ian Anand – the National Program Director of Children’s Emergency Relief International.

In recognition of the work being done by Mr. Ahmad, he has been invited to make a keynote speech at the forthcoming NRI Divas Bharat Samman Awards to be held on the 15th April in New Delhi. This year’s theme is ‘How to Change a Life’ – and an award will be presented to Mr. Ahmad for the contribution he is making to the nation in the field of ‘Social change and Upliftment’.

Were you aware that there is currently a national shortage of over 9,000 foster families in the UK?
This means we would like to talk with anyone giving serious consideration to fostering children. There are different types of fostering; some people specialise in fostering babies or looking after children with complex needs. We can provide guidance on a whole range of issues: quite simply what is foster care? We can answer queries on foster care payments as well as foster care allowances. If you want more information, call our helpful recruitment team on 020 8427 3355

Scottish Government releases latest children’s social work statistics

April 11th, 2017

 

Social work statistics for the period 2015 – 2016 have been published by the Scottish Government. The figures reveal that at the 31st of July 2016 there were 2,723 children on the child protection register and 15,317 ‘looked after’ children. Further examination of the figures showed that 691 of these children were both ‘looked after’ as well as being on a child protection register. Overall, since 2015 – 15, there has been a 1% decrease both in the numbers of children on a child protection register, and those classed as being ‘looked after’. There is still a pressing need to find more foster families right across the UK: 9,070 fostering families are needed right across the UK in 2016, to provide foster homes and caring family environments for children. The need (latest figures for 2016) is for 7,600 foster families in England, 800 in Scotland, 500 in Wales, and 170 in Northern Ireland.

We need people from all walks of life to consider fostering. We can answer any questions you might have – on foster care payments as well as foster care requirements and how long does it take to become a foster carer. So if you are giving serious consideration to fostering children or fostering babies – or teenagers, perhaps – please call our friendly recruitment team on 020 8427 3355: visit the rest of our website http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ where there is a lot of information about the different types of fostering.

Children who have experienced foster care in Wales benefit from new fund

April 10th, 2017

 

The cabinet secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant, has announced that local authorities across Wales will be provided with £1m from a special St David’s Day fund to assist young people who have been in the care system. The funding will be made available to eligible young people who are aged between 16 and 25 who are still in the local authority care system, or who have been in foster care. The financial support is intended to support them as they move toward independent living.

Carl Sergeant stated: “Typically, outcomes for children in care or care leavers are less positive than for those young people who live at home with a parent or parents. We are committed to improving the life chances of children who have experienced care, so they have the opportunity to flourish and realise their potential.”

Recent figures show that there were 5662 ‘looked after children’ and 702 care leavers in Wales in 2015/16.

Have you ever given thought to what is fostering? For example: how long does it take to become a foster carer? There is a national shortage of people willing to provide foster homes in the UK. So if you have ever thought about fostering children – or fostering babies, we would love to hear from you. We have a friendly team available to provide support and guidance if you are seriously giving thought to caring for a child or young person. We can give guidance on foster care payments as well as foster care requirements. Simply call on 020 8427 3355 or you can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ where we have provided a lot of information regarding the different types of fostering. We would also value any feedback you might have.

Foster carers take their case to a tribunal

April 5th, 2017

 

Foster carers, James and Christine Johnstone, are claiming that they are victims of an unlawful deduction of wages. This follows a period of a year when the couple did not receive a single placement. They argue that they should have the same rights as all the staff at Glasgow City Council. All foster carers sign an agreement with councils, but this is not viewed as an employment contract. In response, the council has said that it would be inappropriate to comment before any tribunal. The council put forward a spokesman who said: “we provide comprehensive support to our foster carers. “Our fostering service is regulated by the Care Inspectorate and has recently received a positive inspection report.”

There could well be wide ranging consequences of this action. The couple has the backing of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain: the general secretary of the union, Jason Moyer-Lee, stated: “This case is about a couple of foster carers who say they are employees in law and as such should be able to claim for unlawful deduction of wages, protection from discrimination, minimum wage and all the rights that come with employee status.”

There is a current shortage of around 9,000 foster families in the UK. We would like to talk with people who might have been giving serious consideration to fostering children, teenagers or possibly fostering babies. There are different types of fostering and we are here to answer any questions you may have. We will provide guidance on what is a foster carer, along with foster care requirements and fostering allowances/fees that are paid. Should you want to apply, please call our friendly recruitment team on 020 8427 3355

New website launched to help parents find government financial support

April 4th, 2017

 

The government is now introducing new ways to assist parents with the costs of childcare. So if you are caring for toddlers or teenagers, you may well be entitled to support. Families in the UK could soon see their bills cut with the launch of the new ‘Childcare Choices’ website. The governments Tax-Free Childcare scheme is due to begin on the 28th April for parents of the youngest children. The intention is to roll out the scheme during 2017: this will cut the costs of childcare in the UK by up to £2,000 per child per year, or £4,000 for disabled children.

In addition to this, from September, parents of three and four year old children resident in England, will be able to apply for a new 30 hours free childcare offer. This can be worth around £5,000 per child.

Ever wondered what foster care is all about? How long does it take to become a foster carer is another frequently asked question we get. There is a national shortage of people willing to provide foster homes in the UK. So if you have ever thought about fostering children – or even fostering babies, we would love to hear from you. We have a friendly team available to provide support and guidance if you are seriously giving thought to caring for a child or young person. Simply call on 020 8427 3355 or you can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ where we have provided a lot of information regarding the different types of fostering. We would also value any feedback you might have.

Young Champions premiere film about foster care

April 3rd, 2017

 

The Big Lottery Fund supports the Fostering Community Champions project, which has now just brought out a short film which is all about promoting the positive effects of foster care. The film was written, produced and directed by the young champions themselves: it’s main focus is to deal with the stigma that surrounds children in care.

The film was presented to the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 30 March at a special reception hosted by MSP Liam McArthur. The audience was comprised of foster carers and their families, various fostering services, as well as a number of other ministers.

The Minister for Childcare and Early Years – Mark McDonald MSP, chaired an interactive discussion with the young champions themselves. he praised all those involved stating:
“The Avengers may be filming in Edinburgh this evening but the real superheroes are assembled in here!”

The young champions said that – “‘We made this film because we wanted to highlight the challenges children and young people can face in everyday life when placed into care, which is no fault of their own. This film is the experiences of nine people rolled into one.”

Just what is a foster carer – and just how long does it take to become a foster carer? These are very common questions that we are always delighted to answer if you might be considering fostering children, babies or teenagers. There are quite a few types of fostering and these need various requirements to be met by carers. Our dedicated team is on hand to explain everything that is involved in providing foster care. It’s very easy to find out more – just call 020 8427 3355 or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ please take the time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Further funding for Mockingbird programme

March 28th, 2017

 

The revolutionary Mockingbird programme is set to receive more funding. This will facilitate its expansion: this highly significant achievement is the result of the work of leading charity, The Fostering Network. The Mockingbird Family Model seeks to deliver an alternative means of providing foster care. It was pioneered by the Mockingbird Society in America: the model is based around six to ten “satellite” fostering families and kinship carers who live in close proximity to a home hub of specially recruited and trained foster carers.

The Department for Education’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme, has made available an additional £3.76m. This will help find new partners as well as testing and implementing innovations to the Mockingbird model.

Melissa Green, The director of operations at The Fostering Network, Melissa Green, stated:
“The opportunity to provide fostering services with an effective, innovative, self-sustainable programme is vital and will give children in care a better chance of experiencing a normal family lifestyle. This second round of funding will not only give us the opportunity to take Mockingbird to more places but will also allow us to work on making the existing pilot hubs even more effective.”

What is a foster carer and how long does it take to become a foster carer? These are common questions we would be delighted to answer if you might be thinking of fostering children, babies or teenagers. There are different types of fostering and set foster carer requirements. Our dedicated team is on hand to explain what is involved in the process. It’s easy to find out more – simply call 020 8427 3355 or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ please take the time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Charity launch for Muslim fostering project

March 24th, 2017

 

The Better Community Business Network – a Muslim led organisation which works to support community projects – hosted a charity gala dinner, which launched an exciting project to encourage more Muslims to become foster carers. The project will be run by The Fostering Network, the UK’s leading fostering charity along with Mercy Mission UK – a prominent community development charity.

Research will be conducted to establish the challenges involved in recruiting and retaining Muslim foster carers. The Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, Edward Timpson, stated:

“The Muslim Fostering Project is an important piece of work and I look forward to engaging with The Fostering Network and Mercy Mission UK as we progress our national fostering stocktake, a fundamental review of fostering in this country.”

Kevin Wiliams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, said:

“Thousands of new foster families need to be recruited across the UK each year. Currently there is little information about the religious background of children in care or of foster carers themselves. We are eager to research the situation to help us build a picture of the experiences of Muslim foster carers and those who enquire but do not proceed.”

Do you have an interest in fostering children, babies or teenagers? Our dedicated team will answer any questions you might have: how long does it take to become a foster carer? What foster carer payments are likely to be? What are foster carer requirements? These are just a few examples of the many and varied questions we receive. Rainbow are committed to being one of the best independent fostering agencies providing for all types of foster care. Find out more by calling 020 8427 3355 or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ please take the time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd And, remember, please contact us if you are interested in working for us

Foundation works to prevent Child Sexual Abuse

March 9th, 2017

 

A leading child protection charity, the Lucy Faithfull Foundation has just published an online toolkit whose purpose is to assist agencies and local communities prevent children from becoming the victims of sexual abuse. The toolkit is known as ECSA (Eradicating Child Sexual Abuse); it provides both resources and strategies that will assist stakeholders and professionals to develop plans that will help communities tackle Child Sexual Abuse. Fundamental to thinking behind the toolkit is the recognition that CSA is a worldwide problem.

This will be of value to all with a connection to fostering, either as social workers or foster carers themselves. It is designed for all groups that care about the welfare of children police, schools, NGOs, social workers, local and national governments.

You may have been thinking of fostering, children, teenagers – perhaps even fostering babies. There will be many questions you will need answers to – such as types of fostering and what is a foster carer? We can answer these, as well as let you know what foster carer requirements are as well as fostering allowances that are paid. If you are interested in discovering more – please call our dedicated recruitment team on 020 8427 3355 or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ And please also contact us if you are interested in employment opportunities at Rainbow Fostering.

LGBT Adoption and Fostering week now on between 6th March to 12th March

March 7th, 2017

 

Spring is with us again and it is time of year that marks an important date in the calendar: agencies and groups right across the country will be marking the start of LGBT ‘Adoption and Fostering Week’. Events will be run specifically to attract prospective parents from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. This aims to help address the very real shortfall of families willing to adopt or foster children and young people. What is encouraging is the fact that record numbers of LGBT people are now caring for children either as adopters or foster carers.

There are around 70,000 children in the care system in England alone and a shortfall of over 9,000 foster families in the UK as a whole. There is a real need to attract more people from the LGBT to come forward to foster or adopt. This is especially as recent studies have highlighted that LGBT people are more open to caring for some of the hardest groups to place – children with attachment issues, siblings, older children and children with behavioural problems.

Please contact us if you have ever given thought to fostering children, babies or teenagers? We are here to answer any questions you may have – how long does it take to become a foster carer? What foster carer payments are likely to be? What are foster carer requirements? We can assist in answering these or any other questions you might have. Our goal is simply to be one of the best independent fostering agencies which provide for all types of fostering choices. If you are interested in finding out more – call our team today on 020 8427 3355 or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ we would appreciate your taking the time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd And please also contact us if you are interested in employment opportunities at Rainbow Fostering.

Report states young people in foster care have poorer life satisfaction

March 6th, 2017

 

Cardiff University has released figures that point to the fact that young people being fostered in Wales are more prone to damaging patterns of behaviour resulting in poorer life satisfaction levels. They have higher rates of smoking, recent cannabis use and drinking – this is compared with children living with their birth families – or other family members.

The leading charity, The Fostering Network, has responded to the findings: the director of The Fostering Network in Wales; Colin Turner, stated –

“Many young people who come into care have experienced trauma, abuse or neglect, or have witnessed domestic violence, poor parental mental health or drug and alcohol misuse. They may also have experienced multiple home and school moves, meaning relationships with family, friends and teachers have been disrupted. All of this, without proper intervention and support, may lead to some of these young people seeking inadvisable coping mechanisms. It is worth emphasising, however, that while the numbers of fostered young people who, for example, smoke is much higher than we would like to see (15 per cent), the vast majority of fostered young people do not smoke.”

The report also touched upon the issue of there being a stigma attached to being in care which could result in victimisation and “poorer treatment by teachers and peers”. A key element of the new Fostering Excellence programme will be tackling stigma.

We would be very interested to speak with you if you have ever given thought to fostering children, babies or teenagers? We are happy to answer any questions you might have – such as how long does it take to become a foster carer? What foster carer payments are likely to be? What are foster carer requirements? We can offer guidance concerning these and any other questions you may have. Our commitment is to be one of the best independent fostering agencies and provide for all types of fostering. So if you are interested in finding out more – call our team on 020 8427 3355 or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ we would appreciate your taking the time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd Please also contact us if you are interested in employment opportunities.

Children living in poorest areas most likely to end up in care system

March 2nd, 2017

 

A revealing study has just been issued which highlights that young people living in the least affluent parts of the country, are around ten times more likely to become caught up in the child care system. This is compared to children who are living in more prosperous parts of the UK. The work was carried out by seven British universities and drew a response from the Fostering Network’s director of communications and public affairs, Jackie Sanders –

“We have been warning for some time that the impact of austerity measures on children’s services will disproportionately affect the most deprived communities, resulting in more children coming into care – and this research clearly demonstrates that deprivation is the largest contributory factor in children’s chances of being in care.”

One particularly concerning aspect of the report is that it draws attention to the fact that people who are working in children’s care services are becoming overwhelmed by the high level of need within families.

The study, entitled ‘The Child Welfare Inequalities Project’ looked at data relating to 35,000 children involved in the care system either as a ‘looked-after child’ or on a child protection plan.
It found that approximately 1 in every 60 children living in the most deprived communities was in the care system as compared to 1 in every 660 in the least deprived.

If you have good life experience and ever thought about fostering children, babies or teenagers? Our recruitment team is here and would like to answer any questions you might have. These commonly range from – what is fostering? How long does it take to become a foster carer? What foster carer payments are? What are foster carer requirements? We are committed to being one of the best independent fostering agencies involved fostering uk. Simply discover more by calling 020 8427 3355 or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ Consider taking the time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd Contact us if you are interested in working for Rainbow

Ofsted social care framework for England launched

March 1st, 2017

 

Ofsted has launched a new social care common inspection framework (SCCIF) which is due to be implemented in England in April 2017. To develop the new framework, Ofsted consulted with stakeholders – which included foster carers. Fundamental to the inspection framework will be three core principles applying to all inspections relating to children’s social care. These are: to put the focus on the things that matter most to children’s lives; to prioritise the work of Ofsted where improvement is needed the most and to be consistent in Ofsted’s expectations of providers.

It is the view of Ofsted that the new framework will have a “sharp and consistent focus on the experiences and progress of children, wherever they live or receive help. It is consistent across the different types of provision in terms of what we expect from providers and how we will inspect. However, is not a one-size-fits-all approach to inspection; the SCCIF is tailored to reflect and address each type of children’s social care provider.”

The practice support team manager, Helen Keaney, at The Fostering Network stated:
“These changes bring the inspection process in line with the government’s Putting Children First strategy, and we welcome this. The Fostering Network and our members have been instrumental in shaping the new framework and we are pleased that there is a shift in emphasis and methodology to be child focussed.”

Have you ever thought of fostering children, babies or teenagers? Our recruitment team is here to answer your questions. These might range from: what is fostering? How long does it take to become a foster carer? What foster carer payments are? What are foster carer requirements? We are committed to being one of the best independent fostering agencies involved fostering uk. Simply discover more by calling 020 8427 3355 or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ Consider taking the time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd Contact us if you are interested in working for Rainbow

Children’s commissioners lobby home secretary

February 28th, 2017

 

The home secretary, Amber Rudd, has been urged by children’s commissioners for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to revisit plans by the government to end the transfer of unaccompanied child refugees in Europe to the UK. Children were being accepted under the Dubs scheme, but the government now intends to close this arrangement by the end of March this year.

The House of Commons was informed by the home secretary that local councils had reported to her that the resources they had were only sufficient to have 450 lone child refugees. Campaigners expressed disappointment, as they had expected that the Dubs Amendment to the Immigration Act,
would enable the UK to have around 3,000 children.

The commissioners wrote to the home secretary to “express deep concern” regarding the decision made by the government to stop receiving children without family connections in this country.

Do you have an interest in fostering children, babies or teenagers? Our agency team will be happy to answer any questions you might have: how long does it take to become a foster carer? What foster carer payments are likely to be? What are foster carer requirements? We are committed to being one of the best independent fostering agencies and provide for all types of foster care. Find out more by calling 020 8427 3355 or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ please take the time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd And, remember, please contact us if you are interested in working for Rainbow.

Fostering Inquiry due to complete in 2017

February 24th, 2017

 

In July 2016, the Minister, Edward Simpson made a special announcement when ‘In Putting Children First’ was published. He committed the Department for Education to undertake a National Fostering Stocktake. The aim was to conduct a comprehensive review of the foster care system and establish a clearer picture of fostering provision in the UK.

The Education Committee, as part of this process started an inquiry into the state of foster care in England: this was to address a number of concerns such as the recruitment and retention of foster carers; the stability of foster care placements and foster care for young people or complex needs.
The inquiry will be receiving information from fostering service providers, young people, foster carers (including carers looking after children with behavioural and/or complex needs) and a range of fostering organisations.

All the information gathered will be used for a series of sessions that will inform the Fostering Inquiry which will be completed later this year. The first of these sessions was held at the House of Commons on February 1st 2017.

Interested in fostering children, babies or teenagers? At Rainbow we will be delighted to answer any questions you may have: how long does it take to become a foster carer? What foster carer payments are likely to be? What are foster carer requirements? These are just some of the issues we regularly advise on. We are fully committed to being one of the best independent fostering agencies and we provide for all types of foster care. If you are interested in finding out more – call our team on 020 8427 3355 or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ please take the time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd And, please contact us if you are interested in fostering agency jobs.

UK Agency Rainbow Fostering in first to help millions of desperate children in India.

February 23rd, 2017

 

It has just been reported in a landmark move that the prestigious university, Jamia Millia Islamia, in India, will very soon be creating an entirely new resource centre to train foster carers. This will be the first training resource of its type in the whole of the country. It will mean that there will be a growing resource of trained foster carers who will in turn support parents to provide homes and care for children. The new proposed National Resource Centre on Foster Care (NRCFC) will work under the direction of the university’s Centre for Early Childhood Development and Research (CECDR).

Jamia Vice Chancellor Talat Ahmad stated: “With India being home to nearly 20 million such children and the numbers expected to increase in the future, the country was confronted with an alarming humanitarian situation and it was time that steps were taken to address the problem at hand.”

This is tremendous news for Aijaz Ahmad, the director of Rainbow Fostering, as the programme will be working in close collaboration with Rainbow, who will be providing the operational know how to create an efficient foster care model in India.

Hopes are running high: the situation was well described in the closing words of Aijaz Ahmad, representing Rainbow at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding:

“I would like to leave everyone with two final thoughts: firstly a nation’s greatest resource is its own people – and secondly – a society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest and most vulnerable members…we can all play a part in ensuring that the judgement is a favourable one.”

Ever given thought to fostering children, babies or teenagers? At Rainbow we are happy to answer your questions: What are foster carer requirements? how long does it take to become a foster carer? What foster carer payments are likely to be? All questions we can provide help with; and we are committed to being one of the best independent fostering agencies and provide for all types of fostering. If you are interested in finding out more – call our team on 020 8427 3355 or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ we would appreciate your taking the time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd Please contact us if you are interested in fostering agency jobs.

Foster carer in Swansea could influence national policy

February 21st, 2017

 

It is only two years since Sarah Jones, aged 52, became a foster carer in Swansea. The tough work of looking after disadvantaged children has turned out to be particularly rewarding. Sarah said, on the news of her now being appointed as one of 6 Foster Care Ambassadors in Wales –

“I would say it’s one of the best job I’ve ever had – to create change one child at a time and watch that child blossom and grow and fulfil their potential.”

“These kids have a lot to give to the world and maybe they don’t always have the best opportunities, so creating an environment where a child can flourish is a joy.”

Her appointment was made by The Fostering Network charity. Sarah’s goals are to: promote the tremendous difference that fostering can make to the lives of young people.; and play a role in shaping national policy so that foster carers and the children and young people they look after will benefit.

Have you given thought to fostering children, babies or teenagers? At Rainbow we are happy to answer any questions you might have: how long does it take to become a foster carer? What are foster carer requirements? What foster carer payments are likely to be? These are all questions we can provide guidance around; we are committed to being one of the best independent fostering agencies and provide for all types of fostering. So if you are interested in finding out more – call our team on 020 8427 3355 or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ we would appreciate your taking the time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd You can also contact us if you are interested in fostering agency jobs.

Fostering charity responds to disturbing news

February 17th, 2017

 

The stark fact that has just emerged in response to a Freedom of Information request, is that young people who have been raised within the care system are more likely to die in their early adulthood than other youngsters. The information was released in a report from the BBC.

The figures released reveal that ninety individuals who left the care system between the years 2012 and 2016, died in those years that they would have reached nineteen, twenty or twenty one. The depressing fact is that care leavers comprise only one percent of the population at these ages – but represent seven per cent of deaths.

Chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, stated:
“These figures are a stark reminder of the challenges that many young people leaving care face, and that, as a society, we owe it to them to do all we can to make the transition to independent adulthood as smooth and successful as possible. Given that young people are increasingly remaining at home for longer, post-19 care schemes such as Staying Put, Continuing Care and When I Am Ready are vital.”
Continuing:

“These schemes allow young people to stay living with their foster carers until the age of 21 or beyond, meaning the transition to adulthood can be more gradual and better supported.”

Have you given thought to fostering children, babies or teenagers? At Rainbow, we are committed to being one of the best independent fostering agencies. Rainbow provides high levels of support and training. We are happy to help with any questions you may have, such as how much do private fostering agencies pay? So if you are interested in fostering children – and there is an urgent need for more foster carers, we can help you today. Call our team on 020 8427 3355 or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ we would appreciate your taking the time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd You can also contact us if you are interested in fostering agency jobs.

Recognition for foster carers in Wales

February 15th, 2017

 

There are currently around 7,600 new foster families needed in England and 500 new foster families needed in Wales. Hopefully the search in Wales has just got a little easier because of the
inspirational work of welsh couple, Gina and Roy Lynch from Powys. They have just received a Silver Kite Award from Powys council. This was given to recognise their dedication and long service as foster carers. The couple began fostering in 1982 and offer placements mostly for teenage boys – which can be one of the hardest groups to place. The couple already has six children. Mrs Lynch said:

“We’re very proud to have served the children of Powys. Seeing them move on, grow up and do well… it makes us very proud. We think we’ve done something really worthwhile.”

Rainbow Fostering is an independent agency providing all types of fostering services: we are committed to providing the best support for our carers. We are dedicated to meeting our foster carer requirements and offer information about foster carer payments and the fostering allowance. There is a need for 9,000 new foster families in the UK please contact us if you wish to find out more about fostering. We are always seeking people of any ethnicity, or cultural background who may wish to consider becoming foster carers More information is available at http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/introduction

State of Nation’s Foster Care report draws a response

February 13th, 2017

 

The Fostering Network’s State of the Nation’s Foster Care 2016 report has drawn a response from the chief executive of NAFP (Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers), Harvey Gallagher who stated:

“I commend The Fostering Network on their State of the Nation’s Foster Care 2016 report. It provides an excellent snapshot of what foster carers from across the UK, and from both local authorities and independent and voluntary sector fostering providers (IFPs), think about their role and how they are supported to do their very best for the children placed with them. The report is food for thought and begs further analysis and questioning.”

Harvey Gallagher expressed the view that he was dismayed to learn from the report that fostering allowances were all too often not adequate to cover the basic costs of looking after a child. Going further, he expressed the view that expecting foster carers to bear the additional costs for things like clothes and shoes would run the risk of “stretching the good will of carers to breaking point”

Rainbow Fostering are always looking out for people of any ethnicity, or cultural background who might want to consider becoming foster carers Our London based fostering agency provides services which make the process of fostering simple and rewarding. Our fostering network offers training and support to all our foster carers. So if you think you might like to foster children, babies or teenagers, please visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for a wealth of information. Ring us today, and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Please follow us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd and also twitter.com/Rainbowfosterin

Foster care minimum allowances published

February 10th, 2017

 

The Department for Education have now published the National Minimum Allowance fees for foster carers: these are are for 2017 – 2018. The way that the national minimum allowance is calculated is upon the basis of a minimum amount that a foster carer will need to meet the costs of looking after a foster child. When a child is placed in the care of a foster carer they qualify for a fostering allowance. Many fostering services also pay an additional amount – deemed a ‘top up allowance’. This extra payment is often classed as the ‘reward’ element and it recognises the work done by foster carers in looking after the child.

To guarantee that no foster carer is ever left out of pocket, the Department for Education introduced the national minimum allowance. Currently there is no recommended amount for the ‘reward’ element which is set separately by each individual fostering service.

Considering fostering children, babies or teenagers? Rainbow will guide you on your journey to becoming an approved foster carer. Our fostering network also strives to give the very best support that can be made available. So if you are seriously interested in fostering children – and there is always an urgent need for more foster carers, we can help answer all your questions. Call our team on 020 8427 3355 or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ we would be grateful if you could take the time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Foster carers will benefit from ‘Safer Internet Day’

February 9th, 2017

 

‘Safer Internet Day 2017’ has just been celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th: this year’s slogan was ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’. The day was celebrated in over a hundred countries and was coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre. Many hundreds more organisations were involved with the goal of promoting the safe use of digital technology for young people. There is also support from the European Commission as well as Safer Internet Centres right across Europe.

‘Safer Internet Day’ is all about highlighting how technology can be used in a positive way and how everyone can play a part in creating a safer online community. This includes – amongst others – young people, parents, foster carers, carers, teachers and social workers. Last year ‘Safer Internet Day’ reached an astonishing 2.8 million children and 2.5 million parents. This year the hope will be that an even greater number of people were reached.

Rainbow are urgently seeking people of any ethnicity, or cultural background to consider becoming foster carers Our London fostering agency provides services which make the process of fostering simple and rewarding. From right across our fostering network, we offer training and support to all our foster carers. So if you think you might like to foster children or young people, please visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more information. You could give us a call today and we will be delighted to answer any questions you might have. Please follow us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd and twitter.com/Rainbowfosterin

Foster care charity receives cash award for special project

February 8th, 2017

 

A charity in Bromsgrove which provides foster care for children and young people has just received nearly £9,000. This will be used towards funding a project which aims to help children better understand what fostering involves. The charity – The Children’s Family Trust West Midlands – was given the grant of £8,760 from The Big Lottery Fund. Jayne Figgett, from the charity stated: “We are really delighted to receive the grant from The Big Lottery Fund.” she went on to say –

“Children can feel isolated and are usually quite scared when they come to us, so when they are given information it is hard for them to take it in.”

The campaign, called ‘Ace in the Pack’, has the goal of reducing the worries and anxieties young people have about fostering. An important aim is to make it much easier for young people to get the information and advice they need. The project is interactive, making use of educational videos about fostering which can be accessed by scanning QRT codes in playing cards.

We are an independent fostering agency: at Rainbow, we are urgently seeking people to become foster carers. Our fostering agency provides services which are second to none. From right across our fostering network, we provide outstanding training and support. So if you think you might like to foster – and that may be fostering babies, children or teenagers, please visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more information. Or you could give us a call right now and we would love to answer any questions you might have. Please follow us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd
and twitter.com/Rainbowfosterin

MP’s learn foster carers face an ‘incredibly complex task’

February 6th, 2017

 

MP’s have heard that the status of foster carers has to be raised so that foster carers feel they get the recognition for their work that they deserve. The Commons education select committee was told about the increasingly difficult conditions foster carers face. The needs of children are becoming increasingly complex, but the foster carers often feel they do not get the support they need and are undervalued for the work that they do.

Professor of child and family research at Loughborough University, Harriet Ward, informed the committee:

“It’s become much more evident that a very high proportion of children in the care system have experienced abuse and neglect and they have very complex needs, very often, as a result of that.”

The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, in response to being asked if a recruitment drive would deal with the shortfall in fostering provision stated:

“The foster care system is currently under unsustainable strain and just to recruit more foster carers is not the answer.

“We need to have fundamental, root-and-branch reform of the foster carer system that will then support new foster carers.”

The committee also learnt that the problem was compounded as there was a shortage of carers coming forward for specific groups of children needing homes. These included teenagers, sibling groups, children with disabilities and unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

Perhaps you have been giving thought to fostering children, babies or teenagers? At Rainbow, we are here to guide you on your journey to becoming a foster carer. Rainbow’s fostering network also strives to provide the best support available. So if you are interested in fostering children – and there is an urgent need for more foster carers, we can help answer all your questions. Call our team on 020 8427 3355 or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ we would appreciate your taking the time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

The Fostering Network endorses new guide

February 3rd, 2017

 

The UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, roundly endorsed ‘Initial Family and Friends Care Assessment: A Good Practice Guide’ which has been released today. The Family Rights Group developed the guide in conjunction with an expert group which included the fostering charity. The purpose of the guide is to set forth a clear framework for social workers to undertake preliminary assessments of family and friends. These are known as viability assessments. As well as the charity, the expert group also comprised of local authority social workers, kinship care organisations, legal practitioners and various research organisations including ADCS and CAFCASS.

Judy Bell is a practice consultant at The Fostering Network and played a lead role within the guide’s expert group. She stated:

“The Fostering Network believes that, in order for children in care to achieve the best possible long-term outcomes and to ensure the greatest chance of stability, it is vital that the right placement is found for each child first time. Therefore, it’s essential that potential family and friends carers can be identified and assessed with minimal delay using a consistent process.”

She went on to state:
“We believe the guidance will support the development of greater consistency and quality of assessment, which in turn will benefit practitioners, decision makers, family and friends carers and, most importantly, looked after children.”

Have you been thinking about fostering children, babies or teenagers? At Rainbow, we can guide you to becoming a foster carer – please have a chat with our friendly team of experts. Rainbow’s fostering network always strives to provide the best in advice and guidance. So, again, if you are interested in fostering children – we can help answer all your questions. Call now on 020 8427 3355 or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ Please take the time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Foster carers feeling increased pressure

February 2nd, 2017

 

In a recent poll of 2,530 foster carers, the charity The Fostering Network has found that the survey suggests a significant minority of foster carers feel pressure and a lack of respect from social workers. Approximately a third reported being contacted by social workers regarding children falling outside the range that they usually cared for. Breaking down that third of carers further, three quarters of the group reported not receiving special help with their placements, while half, then said they had felt pressurised to accept the child or young person.

There were complaints from 58% regarding allowances not covering all their costs. Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, felt that the findings from the survey indicated that foster carers were regarded as being “at the bottom of the decision making around children” and “not treated as professionals.”

Rainbow Fostering provide fostering services: we are an independent fostering agency committed to providing the best support for our foster carers. There is a need for 9,000 new foster families in the UK please contact us if you wish to find out more about fostering children. More information is available at http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/introduction Simply call 020 8427 3355 if you would like to have a chat about what fostering involves. We have a friendly team at Rainbow Fostering who would be delighted to receive your call

Leading charity identifies UK fostering system is under ‘unsustainable strain’

January 31st, 2017

 

The fostering system in this country has been judged to be operating under ‘unsustainable strain’ by The Fostering Network. The leading charity is warning that the system is being held together by the ‘goodwill and commitment of thousands of dedicated foster carers’. Most worrying is the charity’s view that there is a clear risk to all the hard-won improvements that aimed at raising the achievements and aspirations of children in care.

The warning is contained in a report released by the charity entitled ‘State of the Nation’s Foster Care’. Its key findings were drawn from a survey of over 2,500 foster carers in the UK. The report details that only 42% of foster carers thought the allowance they received met the full cost of looking after a foster child. This is a dramatic reduction – in 2014 80% of carers felt the allowance covered the cost. There has also been a fall in the proportion of foster carers who would recommend fostering to others. This stood at 66% in 2015 but in 2016 it reduced to 55%.

The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams stated:
“Our fear is, that with austerity biting, the cracks within the fostering system are only likely to get bigger, and – for the sake of the stability and outcomes of tens of thousands of children fostered each year – this cannot be allowed to happen.”

Rainbow Fostering are a leading independent fostering agency and welcome applications to foster from people from all ethnic backgrounds. Simply get in touch if you think you might want to become a foster parent. We offer a high level of support, as well as all the training you might need. So if you are considering fostering children, or fostering babies or teenagers – we can answer any questions you might have. Simply call 020 8427 3355. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for additional information about fostering. Please take the time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

More evidence of foster carer shortages accrues

January 30th, 2017

 

This time it is Bracknell Forest Council that is confronting a shortage of both short and long term foster carers.. The council has stated that it now needs to find at least ten more foster carers this year. They would be joining the fifty carers that the council already has. The current shortage has meant that the council has had no option than to place looked after children outside the borough.

Gareth Barnard, councillor and executive member for children, young people and learning, stated: “Too frequently we are forced to place children, especially older children, outside of the area as we don’t have enough carers able to take them.” He continued: “We urgently need more people to come forward and join our team of carers to ensure we are able to provide the best foster care matches for our looked after children.”

According to the leading charity, The Fostering Network, which campaigns to keep the issue of the need for more foster carers to the fore, 9,070 new foster families are needed in the next 12 months alone.

Rainbow Fostering is a leading London independent fostering agency. We are always looking for applications from people from all ethnic backgrounds to foster and from all parts of the UK. If you think you might be interested in finding out more about how to foster a child – please get in touch. Rainbow Fostering offers a high level of support – as well all the training necessary to become an approved foster carer. Call 020 8427 3355 now or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for additional information. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd We are a friendly agency – offering you membership of a friendly community of dedicated foster carers.

Local council makes a direct appeal for foster carers

January 27th, 2017

 

Town Hall leaders at Salford council are looking for a foster home on a long term basis for two young sisters aged eight and six. The goal is to keep the sisters in Salford so that they can remain at their current school – which is why the council is making this direct public appeal. Lisa Stone, lead member, from Salford council’s Children’s and Young Peoples services, stated:

“These two little girls need strong emotional support and attention and we would like to keep them together in, or close to, Salford so they can continue at their school where they are doing well.”

She also said: “However, we do need 40 new foster carers every year just to find the right care for all the children and young people who need it.”

This is another indication from another part of the UK that there is a pressing need for more foster carers to come forward – and that this will continue into 2017. So, if you are looking for a leading independent fostering agency, please give our team at Rainbow a call: we’ll guide you and let you know what is involved in fostering. Our applicants and foster carers are offered the very best in support and training. Again, if you are interested in fostering children, teenagers or perhaps fostering babies, simply call 020 8427 3355. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

A girl of 7 found to have been abused by foster parent

January 26th, 2017

 

In a rare, but appalling case, a young girl of 7 has fallen victim to sexual abuse from her foster carer. Social services in Croydon, South London, are urgently reviewing their procedures after the school girl contracted two STIs – the result of a sexual assault by her carer. This was after being removed from her family home following sexual abuse.

The Croydon Safeguarding Children Board has carried out a case review to investigate why the authorities missed the signs of abuse. It has transpired that the child spent a further fifteen months in this placement, before social workers became aware of what was happening and removed her – this was despite concerns being raised by the child’s GP and school.

Eleven key findings have been made in the resulting 71 page report following this case – included were communication failures, problems with inexperienced staff as well as the approval process of foster carers.

Rainbow is an independent fostering agency: we are urgently looking for people from all cultural backgrounds interested in finding out how to foster. Our foster agency is passionate about how fostering can change children’s lives for the better. We provide support and training services that are second to none – aimed to make the job of fostering enriching and rewarding:
Simply call 020 8427 3355, we would love to hear from you. visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more information. Please like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd and follow us on Twitter @Rainbowfosterin

The Fostering Network appoints new president

January 25th, 2017

 

The UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, has just appointed foster carer Libby Thornhill as president. She is replacing Jim Bond, but will be joined by Darren Harman-Page as vice-president.

Both Libby and Darren offer a wealth of experience, not just as foster carers, but also from their experience in the fields of education, local government and the NHS; as well as other foster care organisations. Theirs will be an important role in raising the profile of fostering generally and representing The Fostering Network.

The Chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, stated:

“I am delighted to welcome Libby and Darren to their roles. We believe that fostering transforms lives and Libby and Darren’s tireless passion and unending support for that belief is inspiring.”

Libby Thornhill: ‘I am particularly passionate about the impact of social pedagogy, having been part of The Fostering Network’s Head, Heart, Hands programme in Staffordshire, and I am a strong advocate of an holistic approach to care and education.”

Rainbow Fostering is an independent fostering agency always looking for people who want to foster. If you would be interested in finding out more about how to foster children, get in touch and you’ll be offered a high level of support – as well the training needed. Once approved as a foster carer, we provide additional training if you wish to specialise in a particular area of fostering children or young people Call 020 8427 3355 now, or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for additional information. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Demand for foster carers in Jersey

January 18th, 2017

 

The need for foster carers is affecting every part of the United Kingdom. Over 9,000 new foster families are needed this year: Proving that the shortage is acute and extending to most places, the government of Jersey; which is a British Crown Dependency, has launched an appeal for foster carers. At the moment, there are 48 approved foster carers in Jersey, but the government says there is a “steady demand” for more. The goal is to try and recruit ten new foster families in 2017. From the Fostering and Adoption Team, Margarida Lourenco-Olivier –

“We need foster carers from all walks of life – married, single, mixed and same sex couples, as well as from different cultural and religious backgrounds; foster carers leave a lasting positive impression on lives, and without them young people would have limited opportunities to reach their potential.”

Thinking about fostering children or young people? Rainbow can guide you all the way to becoming a foster carer – have a chat with our friendly team of experts. Rainbow’s own fostering network aims to provide the best in advice and guidance. So if you are interested in fostering children, teenagers, fostering babies or perhaps sibling groups – we can help with any specific, as well as general questions, you might have about how to foster. Call now on 020 8427 3355 or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Foster carers facing cuts to fees under local authority plans

January 18th, 2017

Trade unions and foster carers have real concerns that Bradford Council is looking to cut the fees paid foster carers. Fostering industry experts fear the move will affect coster children negatively. The warning has been issued by the Fostering Network following a unanimous decision by the council’s cabinet to reduce fostering rates. Under the measure, foster carers could lose up to £35 a week. The council intends to phase this in by April – looking to save £227,000 over the first two years. The goal would be to make a future annual saving of £454,000.

The Fostering Network’s chief executive, Kevin Williams, responded to news of the council’s measure, saying that rates had been frozen by a number of local authorities in response to central government’s squeeze on funding, but to proceed with making a cut was highly unusual.

“The cost of looking after children is not reducing, therefore cutting allowances is a drastic step with knock-on effects for foster carers and the children in their care. Foster carers across the UK are increasingly being forced to subsidise the care of the children they are looking after – or the children will go without – and this is truly shocking.” Kevin Williams – The Fostering Network.

Rainbow Fostering is an independent fostering agency always looking for applications from people from all ethnic backgrounds to foster. If you would be interested in finding out more about how to foster a child or young person – get in touch. Rainbow offers a high level of support – as well all the training you might need. Once approved as a foster carer, we provide additional training if you wish to specialise in a particular area. Call 020 8427 3355 now or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for additional information. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd We are a friendly agency – offering membership of a vibrant community of dedicated foster carers.

Drive to find more foster carers in Wigan

January 16th, 2017

 

Over 9,000 new foster carers are needed in the UK and now in Wigan a new drive is underway to get more people interested in fostering children and young people. Anyone who wants to find out more has been invited to the YMCA in Wigan on Friday, January 27th. Here they will be able to meet with Community Foster Care who are holding a special drop-in information event.
The registered Manager with Community Foster Care, Emma Weaver, states “Becoming a foster carer is rewarding and life-changing.”

At present there are over 500 children in care in the Wigan area: according to the latest figures obtained under the freedom of information act by the charity Action for Children, of the 588 looked after children the borough of Wigan, 163 had more than two homes in the period April 2015 – March 2016. Like so many other organisations involved in fostering, the charity is keen to highlight that when children are routinely moved between foster homes, it can have very adverse effects. These can range from affecting educational outcomes, the development of social skills and employment prospects. The mental health and emotional well being of children in this situation is also likely to be affected.

Looking to foster children or young people? Ask Rainbow how to become a foster parent – simply get in touch for a chat with our friendly team of experts. Our own fostering network is dedicated to providing the best in support, advice and guidance at all times. Interested in fostering children, teenagers, fostering babies or perhaps sibling groups? Then we can help with any specific, as well as general questions you might have about how to foster. Just call 020 8427 3355 or Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Scotland’s youth struggling with mental health issues

January 12th, 2017

 

The Scottish Children’s Services (SCSC) is now seriously concerned about a range of issues that are causing young people to seek support from mental health services. The main reasons have been highlighted as being divorce, bullying, stress at school as well as the internet.

The most vulnerable group are teenage girls: 50% of diagnosable conditions commence before 14 years of age – with early diagnosis and follow up treatment being essential. Over recent years (2014 and 2015), there has been a 32% increase in the number of children and young people being referred on to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). There is no sign that this figure is not set to rise further. Funding is not adequate at present with the result being an increasing number of young people presenting with mental health issues are being referred to non-specialist wards for assessment and treatment.

The Prime Minister has only recently stated her wish “that children and young people get the help and support they need and deserve”. The only way this can happen is for CAMHS to be better resourced.

Rainbow Fostering is an independent fostering agency looking for applications to foster from people from all ethnic backgrounds. If you would be interested in finding out more about how to foster children, get in touch you’ll be offered a high level of support – as well the training needed. Once approved as a foster carer, we provide additional training if you wish to specialise in a particular area of fostering children. Call 020 8427 3355 now or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for additional information. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd We are a friendly agency – offering membership of a real community of dedicated foster carers.

Theresa May, PM, gives speech on mental health services

January 10th, 2017

The Prime Minister’s recent speech relating to mental health services has drawn a response from the Chief executive of the Fostering Network, Kevin Williams. He stated:
“We welcome a focus on mental health services, especially the review of children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), as we regularly hear from foster carers who tell us that the children they are looking after cannot get the support from CAMHS that they so desperately need.”

The recent House of Commons Education Select Committee’s recent report; entitled ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Looked After Children’ drew attention to the fact that looked after children have a higher incidence of mental health problems. Compared to their peers, this is running at a rate four times higher – and they also face real difficulties getting access to mental health services.

As ever, the issue of resources is key: the Prime Minister’s wish “that children and young people get the help and support they need and deserve”, depends upon CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) being adequately funded to provide young people with the support that they need.

Kevin Williams welcomed the speech saying “‘Our children are the best investment this Government could ever make both in terms of outcomes for young people and society and in terms of reducing the need for expensive interventions later in life.” He went on to ask that Theresa May’s government demonstrate clear leadership in the area of mental health service provision.

Rainbow Fostering is an independent fostering agency looking for applications to foster from people from all ethnic backgrounds. If you would be interested in finding out more about how to foster children, get in touch you’ll be offered a high level of support – as well the training needed. Once approved as a foster carer, we provide additional training if you wish to specialise in a particular area of fostering children. Call 020 8427 3355 now or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for additional information. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd We are a friendly agency – offering membership of a real community of dedicated foster carers.

Fostering receives £3.28m in Scotland

9th January 2017

Following the recent article, December 22nd, ‘Fostering core funding announced in Scotland’; the level has been revealed and there will be £3.28m for ‘looked after children’ in Scotland. This has been awarded to various charities working to support vulnerable families and ‘looked after children’. 27 organisations including Mentor Scotland and the NSPCC can continue their valuable work thanks to awards from the 2017-18 Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund.

Mark McDonald, the Minister for Childcare and Early Years, made the announcement in a Scottish Government debate specifically on improving the care experience for ‘looked after children’.

The Minister stated: “Over the decades we have learned a lot about what works when it comes to intervening in the lives of children who have been neglected, abused and traumatised.” And continuing:

“We are making real progress through Getting It Right for Every Child, changing culture and practice to prevent children coming into care and to intervene early when they are at risk of becoming looked after.”

The money will will also go toward 8 specific initiatives, this includes a scheme to provide therapeutic interventions for children in foster care as well as other vulnerable youngsters living in Glasgow as well as one assisting children to use the law to maintain contact with their siblings.

Rainbow Fostering are urgently looking for people interested in finding out how to foster. Our foster agency is passionate about uk fostering and provides support and training services that are second to none: Simply call 020 8427 3355, we would love to hear from you. visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more information. Please like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Staffordshire County Council launches Christmas fostering campaign

23rd December 2016

There is still an urgent need to find people to foster. The council, as a major part of its campaign, aims to debunk some of the more commonly held fallacies about fostering children. Just a few of these myths include: you have to possess your own home; you have to be a certain age; you have to have qualifications and that you have to be married.

Cabinet member for children at Staffordshire County Council, Mark Sutton, explained that this campaign was intended to be fun and lighthearted which is why it made use of 12 short cartoons to dispel these kinds of myths around fostering. Mark stated:

“We know that many people rule themselves out of fostering because they think they won’t be considered as they are not the right age, have no qualifications, they don’t own their own home, are not married or are in a same sex relationship. But this is not the case and our latest Christmas campaign is reminding people that they could be a foster carer and to get in touch.”

A part of this campaign enables people to have the chance to win a £75 Post Office One4all gift card. To win, they have to spot Reggie Bear, campaign mascot, in one of the 12 cartoons. Two runners up will receive £25 gift cards each.

Rainbow Fostering are urgently looking for people interested in finding out how to foster. Our foster agency is passionate about uk fostering and provides support and training services that are second to none: Simply call 020 8427 3355, we would love to hear from you. visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more information. Please like us on Facebook
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Fostering core funding announced in Scotland

22nd December 2016

The leading charity, The Fostering Network has learned that they will be one of a group of organisations that would be in receipt of funding from the ‘Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund’. The news came in an announcement made by Mark McDonald, Minister for Childcare and Early Years. The Fostering Network Scotland released a statement from their director, Sara Lurie:

“We are very grateful to have received this core funding from the Scottish Government. We know that foster care transforms lives, but we also know that foster care is at its best when foster families are well supported.”

She highlighted the fact that the grant would, amongst other things, mean that they would be able to carry on running Fosterline Scotland. This is a service that gives support and advice to foster carers in Scotland.

Questions about how to foster that you need answering? Call Rainbow and we’ll gladly help. Our own fostering network provides guidance whenever it is needed. So if you would like to discover more about what it takes to foster children, teenagers or perhaps to foster babies, we are happy to take your details and visit you in your home if you wish to proceed. This way you’ll discover the joys and rewards of fostering by being part of our Rainbow community. Simply call 020 8427 3355, we would love to hear from you. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ And do please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Foster homes urgently needed in Somerset for asylum seekers

20th December 2016

Eight asylum seeking children who have fled persecution or conflict from countries including Eritrea and Afghanistan, need to be found foster homes in Somerset. Housing the children is part of a resettlement programme: Somerset Council has stead that it requires “caring and committed foster families” to provide “safe homes”. Five of the children were already here in the UK with three others having recently come from refugee camps in Northern Europe.

A spokeswoman from Somerset Council stated: “Somerset, like all local authority areas across the country, is taking part in the resettlement of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) – young people aged under 18 who are applying for asylum and have no relative or guardian in the country.”

The asylum seekers will arrive with little understanding of the language with few, if any, possessions. Foster carers interested in responding will need to be able to help these children adjust to a very different way of life in this country. Over 60 more children are expected to be arriving in the county over the next three years.

Questions about fostering? Contact Rainbow and learn all you need to know to foster. Our own fostering network is dedicated to providing guidance whenever it is needed. So if you would like to discover more about fostering children, teenagers or perhaps fostering babies? We are here to help. Simply call 020 8427 3355. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for a wide range of information about fostering. And do please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Fostering appeal on Twitter creates a huge response

19th December 2016

A heartwarming story if you foster – and even if you don’t: a policewoman in the West Yorkshire Police, Sally Baines, made an appeal on Twitter for two boys in foster care. She highlighted the fact that had never known what it was to receive presents and this resulted in literally thousands of gifts being given. Ms Baines said she was quite literally “overwhelmed” by the generous response from the public, and that now the two boys had “more than enough presents.” Ms Baines said that a few of the toys given would be chosen for the boys as they could not take too many of them as they were being moved around the care system. Her hope was that the rest would be distributed amongst foster children in a similar situation.

So many presents began arriving that Ms Baines went on to Twitter to say:

“We have more than enough lovely things for the boys. If you still want to donate, please consider one of these fabulous charities.”

Rainbow Fostering is a leading independent fostering agency welcoming applications to foster from people from all ethnic backgrounds. Interested in fostering children? simply get in touch. Rainbow offers a high level of support as well as all the training you might need if you are considering fostering a child. There is a nationwide shortage of people willing to provide foster care – so we would be delighted to hear from you. Simply call 020 8427 3355. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for additional information about fostering. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Footballing legend backs new fostering campaign in Liverpool

16th December 2016

Loving homes are being sought across Liverpool to aid many desperate children and young people. The call has gone out, and in this city famed for its proud footballing heritage, Jamie Carragher – Liverpool FC legend – is throwing his weight behind a new campaign. The rise in numbers of ‘looked-after’ children, coinciding with foster carers retiring has created the problem. This effect is being seen nationally, but in Liverpool there are now hundreds of children and young people desperate to find a stable and loving home.

The lack of carers means that more children are being placed with foster carers outside of Liverpool. It is a situation that is very tough on brothers and sisters with more sibling groups being split up.

Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, Barry Kushner, said: “Securing a stable home environment for foster children is vital if they are to have the best chances in life and realise their ambitions”. He continued: “It is so vitally important for children and young people to live in a loving, stable environment, particularly after experiencing the upheaval and, sometimes, trauma of being placed in care.”

At the present time, the City Council has approximately 1,100 children and young people in care – half of them are are in foster homes with the remainder being in residential homes.

We are looking for people to become foster carers. There is a shortfall of 9,000 foster families in the UK – so there is an urgent need. We can offer support, guidance and the best in training. We can answer any questions you might have and would be delighted to chat over a coffee if you want to come and meet with us. Or just call 020 8427 3355 to talk further. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

East Lothian launches appeal for foster carers

14th December 2016

The country as a whole faces an urgent need for foster carers: East Lothian Council has now launched a campaign to recruit at least 20 new foster carers as the county is experiencing a shortfall of people going into fostering. The team leader at the council, Norma Godek stated: “retirements and a rising need for homes for children had left them facing a real shortfall in carers.” She went on – “We urgently need to get new people to join our fostering team but it’s proving really hard to get our message out there.”

In East Lothian, there are more than 200 ‘looked-after’ children with 88 of them being in foster care placements. The council reported that the number of children requiring foster homes can exceed 100, but currently the number of foster carers able to offer a home has reduced from 70 to 52.

To address the situation, the council is running a big recruitment drive over Christmas which will extend into the New Year. Norma Godek said that there is an urgent need for new people to come forward to foster but that it was proving difficult to get the message across.

As an independent fostering agency, Rainbow Fostering are urgently looking for people interested in fostering children. Our foster agency is passionate about uk fostering and provides fostering services which are second to none: we provide outstanding training and support if you want to foster. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more information. Please like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Rainbow Fostering celebrates an 18th Anniversary in true style

12th December 2016

Rainbow Fostering has recently celebrated a very special anniversary. A real coming of age: eighteen years spent working at the front line of fostering provision. Agency director Aijaz Ahmad gave a moving speech in salutation to all the assembled guests – foster carers and staff – as well as to his family for giving him such close support over the last eighteen years. VIP guests included Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West and professor Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University. Foster carers were recognised for their commitment and dedication; carers with long standing service of ten years were singled out for their contribution.

The professor gave a speech of thanks which included mention of the exciting fostering project being launched by the agency in 2017. “Fostering Children for a Better Nation” is the name of the initiative being launched by Aijaz with the collaboration of the university. This is to introduce the expertise of the agency to help build a framework to serve as a model for fostering provision in India. The country has 30 million orphans, but lacks a model of fostering such as has been developed in the UK, and fostering; generally, as a concept is also poorly understood in India. Aijaz finished his speech describing this initiative, so close to his heart, saying:

“It is in the children that the hope of the world lives. They are the future – for all our tomorrows. All children deserve to be nurtured and raised well. This is the pre-requisite for a fair and just world, with a future that is safe and promising for all.”

Rainbow Fostering is an independent fostering agency looking for applications to foster from people from all ethnic backgrounds. If you would be interested in finding out more about fostering children, simply get in touch: you’ll be offered a high level of support – as well as all the training needed. Once you are approved as a foster carer, we provide plenty of additional training on an ongoing basis and will enable you to specialise in a particular area of fostering if you so wish. Call 020 8427 3355 now or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for additional information about fostering. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd We are a friendly agency – offering membership of a real community of dedicated foster carers.

Foster carer’s guide launched in Wales

7th December 2016

The Welsh Government in partnership with the Fostering Network has just launched ‘A Foster Carer’s Guide to Education in Wales’. The purpose of the guide is to assist foster carers in their understanding of how the education system in Wales operates. They will then be better placed to give support to the children they are looking after.

The director of the ‘The Fostering Network Wales’, Dr Emily Warren, stated: “Raising the educational outcomes of fostered children and young people is a priority for The Fostering Network. The Fostering Network Wales has expertise and experience in engaging with foster carers and looked after children to inform policy development, and we are delighted to have been commissioned by the Welsh Government to produce this guide which will provide further support for foster carers, so that the promotion of education is paramount”.

Dr Emily Warren also said:

“We know that doing well at school can lead to improved confidence and self-esteem, greater resilience and more chances to develop positive, supportive relationships.”

Foster carers are crucial to the success and progress of a child in school. The guide will help carers to play a full part in ensuring that the decisions taken in respect of those they care for will deliver positive results.

Rainbow Fostering are an independent fostering agency. We are constantly looking for people to foster. Fostering children and young people is very rewarding. Our fostering UK services provide excellent support and training – sourced from our fostering network.
Please visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more detailed information. We would be delighted to hear from you and answer any questions directly: if you want to foster simply call 020 8427 3355. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

New report on early years education for looked after children

4th December 2016

The director of communications and public affairs at The Fostering Network has responded to a new report entitled ‘Starting Out Right: Early Education and Looked After Children’. Most significantly, it has identified that in the area of early years education, looked after children are less likely to access this than other children. She said:

“Foster carers have a crucial role in raising academic expectations, including among some of the youngest children in their care, and ensuring that those children have every opportunity to access early education. The short-term nature of many foster placements can make this challenging, but education and fostering services must endeavour to ensure that consistency in children’s education is prioritised even during placement moves.”

The report pays particular attention to calling for funding to be at an adequate level so the significant needs of looked after children can be met. The idea of an ‘Early Years Pupil Premium Plus’ is one of the recommendations made.

Questions about fostering? Contact Rainbow and learn all you need to know about becoming a foster parent. Our own fostering network is dedicated to providing support, advice and guidance. So if you would like to discover more about fostering children, teenagers or perhaps fostering babies? We can help with any questions you might have. Simply call 020 8427 3355. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for a wide range of information about fostering. And do please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

The benefits of social pedagogy can provide major benefits to fostering

30th November 2016

An exciting new programme which has involved close involvement with seven UK local authorities -as well as independent fostering providers – is showing very encouraging results. The programme has examined the effects of the introduction of social pedagogy practices within foster care. The results indicate that it can assist children and young people to have a more positive experience of family life with an emphasis on the establishment of more trusting and deeper relationships.

Social pedagogy places foster carers at the centre of the ‘team around the child’. It allows for more authority to be given to foster carers. Emphasis is also placed on educating all who work with foster children to be more pragmatic about risk so children are not so restricted. This aims to allow them the freedom to experience and fulfilling lives.

This initiative has been run by the leading charity The Fostering Network and has been given the name ‘Head, Heart Hands’. Melissa Green, The director of operations at The Fostering Network, Melissa Green stated:

“Head, Heart, Hands has been an incredibly ambitious programme which has shown us how social pedagogy can bring important benefits to the practice of foster carers and social care staff. Foster carers we have worked with through the programme have reported feeling better able to understand the needs of the children and young people they are caring for, resulting in the whole fostering family feeling more confident, empowered and valued.”

Rainbow are private fostering agency offering support and all the training you might need. So if you are interested in fostering children, or fostering babies, we can answer any of your questions. Simply call 020 8427 3355. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for additional information about fostering. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Ofsted’s questionnaire generates response

28th November 2016

The director of communications and public affairs at The Fostering Network, Jackie Sanders, said in response to the Children’s Social Care Questionnaires 2016: “The Fostering Network has long believed that good foster care can transform lives. Good foster care includes many of the key messages that children have identified as part of Ofsted’s social care questionnaires – the importance of relationships, feeling safe and understanding why they came into care.

“This report from Ofsted highlights the excellent work that foster carers are doing – for example, 99 per cent of fostered children and young people said that they feel safe in their foster home all or most of the time, and 94 per cent said that they feel part of their foster family all or most of the time.”

She went on to say that there was more work to do in the area of preparing children for moving into a foster home. One in three children reported that they felt they had not been provided with enough information before moving into a foster home. Addressing this will help with transitions, meaning that placements will have a greater chance of being successful.

Rainbow Fostering is a leading independent fostering agency welcoming applications to foster from people from all ethnic backgrounds. To foster, simply get in touch. Rainbow offers a high level of support as well as all the training you might need. So if you are interested in fostering children, teenagers or even fostering babies, we can answer any questions you might have. Simply call
020 8427 3355. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for additional information about fostering. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

A first for Wales: a fostering ambassador scheme

25th November 2016

The leading charity, The Fostering Network is rolling out an innovative three-year programme in Wales called ‘Fostering Excellence’. Funded by the Welsh Government, it is intended to improve the opportunities and life chances of looked after children throughout the country. An important part of the programme is the ‘Ambassador Scheme’. This will involve the selection of twelve ambassadors – six will be foster carers and six will be young people who have experience of being in care. Their remit will be to raise the profile of fostering in Wales and be the voice of young people and the fostering community generally.

The programmes manager, Maria Boffey stated: ‘At The Fostering Network we are committed to giving foster carers and care experienced young people a strong voice in shaping the work that we do. With their unique experience and expertise they can help us do better as we seek to improve the fostering community as a whole.

‘We hope to see our youth ambassadors developing a great reputation for speaking out about their experiences, reducing the stigma and educating others about being in care.”

We offer our applicants and foster carers the very best in support and training at Rainbow Fostering. If you are looking for a leading independent fostering agency, call our team for more information. So if you are interested in fostering children, teenagers or possibly fostering babies, we would like to hear from you. Simply call 020 8427 3355. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more insights about fostering. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

The Scottish government now coming under pressure to bring in minimum fostering allowances

23rd November 2016

Unlike the rest of the UK, in Scotland a minimum rate for fostering allowances does not exist. This means there can be a wide discrepancy in what foster carers receive in the form of an allowances paid – which is unfair to the children and young people who are being fostered. It means in effect that many foster parents are subsidising a significant element of the cost of care. The allowances that are given by the Scottish government via the local authorities are less, for example, than the minimum recommended amounts provided in Wales.

The UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, has written to the Scottish minister for childcare and early years – Mark McDonald – to highlight the problem. It appears that more pressure will be needed to secure a result.

If you are looking for a leading independent fostering agency, give the team at Rainbow a call: we’ll be able to let you know all that is involved in fostering. We offer our applicants and foster carers the very best in support and training. So if you are interested in fostering children, teenagers or perhaps fostering babies, we would love to hear from you. Simply call 020 8427 3355. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Campaign now underway to assist care experienced students

10th November 2016

The fostering sectors leading charity, The Fostering Network, has reported that young people who have been in care have run the risk of losing the chance of being given individual support whilst at University. The charity has launched its annual Tick the Box awareness campaign in Belfast. This aims to ensure that by ticking the box on their UCAS or Further education application form it is made clear that they have had experience of the care system. Doing this means that they can get additional help with accessing financial support or accommodation.

Kathleen Toner, the director of The Fostering Network Northern Ireland, Kathleen Toner, stated at the campaign launch:

“The number of care leavers starting university has doubled over the past three years, but we know there is much more room for growth. The Tick the Box initiative helps address barriers to accessing further and higher education and has resulted in young people in Northern Ireland being able to access additional support to continue their educational journey. There’s no stigma attached to ticking the box, but it does open the door for the additional help and support care experienced young people may benefit from at university.”

Rainbow Fostering is a leading independent fostering agency; we hope all people from all backgrounds and ethnicities interested in fostering will contact us. We are a friendly agency and offer an excellent level of support and all the training you might require. So if you are interested in fostering children, or fostering London, we can answer any questions you might have. Simply call 020 8427 3355. You can also visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for additional information about fostering. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Number of child asylum seekers doubles in two years

8th November 2016

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) is warning of increasing pressures on the system. In a recent report, the numbers of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children now being cared for by councils across England has now doubled in the two years running up to March. The ADCS have reported that after the Calais Jungle camp was closed by the French authorities, the numbers hit 4,210 – with every indication they are still rising. In the last two weeks of October, around 300 unaccompanied child asylum seekers arrived here.

Funding is becoming an issue as there is currently a shortfall of £3.4m in what is provided by the Home Office. But the real problem is not just the funding: 76% of councils have reported experiencing great difficulties in finding foster care placements for these children. A government spokeswoman stated that many people had, following all the recent media coverage, come forward with offers to provide foster care. Those involved in foster care provision know it takes six to eight months for people to become approved foster carers, so this will not be an immediate fix.

At Rainbow Fostering as a leading independent fostering agency, we would ask people from all ethnic backgrounds interested in fostering to come forward. Simply get in touch – Rainbow is a friendly agency – we offer a high level of support, as well as all the training you might require. So if you are interested in fostering children, or fostering babies, we can answer any questions you might have. Simply call 020 8427 3355. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for additional information about fostering. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

A new national platform to commission foster care placements

3rd November 2016

Link Maker is the main tool that is used in the UK for identifying placements on a local and national scale. Prior to November 1st, 2016, its use was restricted to adoption. Link Maker was started in 2014 by parents who were adopting. In only two years, it has come to be used by the majority of authorities and independent agencies. This same platform will now be to find residential and fostering placements. The chief executive of Link Maker, Andy Leary-May stated:

“The landscape in fostering and residential care is very different, with organisational and financial factors playing a larger part in placement choice. We have accommodated current processes, but at the same time we hope to open the door to new ways of working, where meeting a child’s individual needs can be higher up the agenda.”

Foster carers can create their own user accounts which will also provide access to support and advice services. Anything which enables foster carers to feel they are valued and supported can only be of benefit in relation to the nation’s overall recruitment need for 9,000 plus new foster families.

Looking foster? Come to Rainbow and become a foster parent simply by getting in touch. Our own fostering network is dedicated to providing the best in support, advice and guidance. Interested in fostering children, teenagers or fostering babies? We can help with any questions you might have about fostering UK. Just call 020 8427 3355. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Big Lottery Fund to improve lives of foster children

27th October 2016

North of the border The Fostering Network is benefiting from a £150,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund to support the charities two year ‘Walking Tall’ project. This is an initiative aimed at improving the lives and experiences of foster children as well as the daughters and sons of carers.

The director of The Fostering Network Scotland, Sara Lurie, stated:

‘We are thrilled to receive this funding as it will enable us, through working directly with children living in foster families, to develop some very important understanding and resources which will help children in foster care to overcome the challenges of their early lives. We believe foster care transforms lives and that the stigma of being in foster care must be tackled – we want all children to aim high, pursue their dreams and to walk tall.”

The programme aims to use a whole range of activities such as dance, drama and play workshops to bring children together. Through working together ‘Walking Tall’ is all about helping young people gain confidence and self esteem – as well as building important life skills.

Looking for a leading independent fostering agency? Come to Rainbow and become a foster parent simply by getting in touch. We are one of a number of private fostering agencies and offer our applicants and carers the best in support and training. Interested in fostering children, teenagers or fostering babies? We can answer the questions you may have. Just call 020 8427 3355. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Unaccompanied asylum seeking children need foster carers

26th October 2016

In recent days the UK has begun opening its doors to unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people. The UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, has stressed the need for people with the right skills and experience to consider fostering for this group of children: Kevin Williams, the charity’s Chief executive stated;

“Children who have experienced significant trauma, whether that be in other countries or here in the UK, require specialist input, security and stability. Foster care can help provide these things, and many of the children and young people arriving from overseas under the Dubs and Dublin amendments will, in the short term at least, be looked after by foster carers.”

Kevin Williams went on to say that he felt confident that the fostering sector in general would be able to cope with these new demands; he did point out, however, that a successful outcome would depend on there being leadership, as well as the right level of financial support from government.

At Rainbow Fostering, as a is leading independent fostering agency, we would welcome applications to foster from people from all ethnic backgrounds. To become a foster parent, simply get in touch. Rainbow are one of a number of private fostering agencies and we offer a high level of support as well as all the training you might need. So if you are interested in fostering children, or fostering babies, we can answer any questions you might have. Simply call 020 8427 3355. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for additional information about fostering. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Northern Ireland Report supports positive fostering outcomes

25th October 2016

The Health and Wellbeing 2026 Report, just launched by Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill commits the Northern Ireland Government to –

“honour our corporate parenting responsibilities to the fullest extent and will be as ambitious for children in care as we are for our own children.”

There was a swift response from the Director of The Fostering Network Northern Ireland, Kathleen Toner who stated:

“While outcomes for looked after children are improving they still fall behind those of other children. At The Fostering Network we have very high aspirations for looked after children. We want them to have the same life chances as their peers.”

She went on to make the point that the outcomes for ‘looked after children’ are improving, but they still do not match those of other children. And where the interest, commitment and dedication of foster carers is underpinned and supported by government; there is a significantly improved chance that looked after children will reach their full potential.

Rainbow fostering is a leading London independent fostering agency. Become a foster parent by contacting us. We are one of a number of private fostering agencies: we offer high levels of support and training. Interested in fostering children or fostering babies? We are happy to answer any questions you might have. Simply call 020 8427 3355. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

The Scottish Government announces review of children in care

21st October 2016

The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon announced at the SNP conference that there will be a thorough review of the care system in Scotland. This drew a response from the director of The Fostering Network Scotland, Sara Lurie who stated:

‘We are extremely pleased that the First Minister has announced this review of the children in the care system. Scotland has an ambition to be the best country in the world for children to grow up in, and this must of course include looked after children. A review of the care system, carefully listening to looked after young people and all those who are involved in their care, is an important step towards making this ambition a reality.”

This will take in a review of fostering in Scotland as three-quarters of the children who are in the care system in Scotland who are looked after are living with foster families. Sara Lurie also said:

“We were delighted to hear the First Minister recognise the “amazing job” the 4,500 fostering families do in Scotland, and couldn’t agree more that children need “a system that supports them to become the people they can be. One that gives them a sense of family. Of belonging. Of love.”

Find out more about fostering with Rainbow Fostering – we are a leading independent fostering agency committed to providing the best in training and support. We would be delighted to take the time to tell you about our fostering services. Although one of a number of private fostering agencies, we are a real community – join our ‘Rainbow Family’. If you like the sound of fostering children, fostering babies or teenagers – simply call 020 8427 3355 or visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Fostering unaccompanied migrant children means more funding sought

17th October 2016

In the next few days, a number of child refugees will be driving in the UK from the migrant camp in Calais. Some of the children will be joining relatives in this country. A proportion of children will be coming who have no family here. In these cases, a registration process is now being set up – the government is required by law to arrange for both the transfer and subsequent support of unaccompanied refugee children from the continent. Pressure is mounting now from the Local Government Association – the body representing local authorities in England and Wales – to ensure long term funding is in place so the resources are there to support children arriving from Europe. Funding has to be in place, but there have to be the foster carers available to meet the demand: only last year, the chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams stated:

“Because of the ongoing humanitarian crisis, the south-east is already experiencing a significant increase in the need for foster carers. Fostering can provide children with stability, care, love and support at such a critical time, and our existing care system will prove invaluable in having a positive effect on the lives of these children, who often arrive with nothing and no-one.”

Rainbow fostering is a leading London based independent fostering agency. Take the first steps to becoming a foster parent by calling our team. There are a number of private fostering agencies, but we pride ourselves on the training and ongoing support we give our carers. So if you are interested in caring for children, teenagers or perhaps fostering babies, we can answer any questions you may have. Call 020 8427 3355. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. Visit us on too Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

The new Immigration Act 2016 will assist unaccompanied migrant children

14th October 2016

The new 2016 Immigration Act will have a significant bearing on the way unaccompanied migrant children are managed within the care system. The Act gives the government the specific power to require local authorities to cooperate in the movement of these children between authorities. A significant number of these children are likely to have been trafficked and many will have experienced trauma fleeing war zones and being separated from family members.

The Department for Education, the Refugee Council and ECPAT UK, are providing specialist training for foster carers to deal with the particular issues involving the care of unaccompanied children. ECPAT UK work to provide support to victims of trafficking.

Rainbow fostering is a leading independent fostering agency. Become a foster parent by getting in touch to find out about our fostering services. We are one of a number of private fostering agencies, but take pride in the high levels of support and training. So if you are interested in fostering children or fostering babies, we would love to hear from you. Simply call 020 8427 3355. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Minister launches exhibition by foster children

12th October 2016

The fostering industry’s leading charity, The Fostering Network has launched their ‘Not so Broken’ exhibition in Belfast. Work by foster children is being shown at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. One hundred children and young people have work on display which has been produced in a range of different media. Opening the exhibition, Paul Givan, Communities Minister stated:

“I am delighted to launch the “Not so Broken” creative showcase today highlighting the impressive work by looked after children and young people in foster care in our society.”

Kathleen Toner, The director of The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland, Kathleen Toner, went on to say:

“We are delighted to be hosting this moving, inspirational and hopeful exhibition. The artwork here today is put into context by the book we are publishing today which gives people an insight into the real lives of children in care in Northern Ireland today. We are grateful for the one-off funding from The Department for Communities, under their Together Building United Communities, programme which has enabled us to produce this amazing showcase of inspiring work by looked after children.”

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Rainbow Fostering makes the news! International project underway

11th October 2016

Rainbow Fostering, the Harrow based Agency, is celebrating its 18th Anniversary this November. Its CEO, Aijaz Ahmad, is marking this special occasion by setting up a special fostering initiative in India. With experience acquired over twenty five years, Aijaz intends, through working with Jamia Millia Islamia – the central university in Delhi – to create a model for delivering foster care provision in his motherland. He is looking to create awareness and garner the interest and support of the people here as 30 million children in India are waiting to be adopted, or found foster homes there. The situation is serious: if steps are not taken to address this issue, many of the children might fall prey to trafficking, child prostitution and other criminal activities.

Because of the pressures of finding new families to foster in the UK – and pilot schemes being run by the government here to address the situation – Aijaz has the expertise and experience of the way foster care is likely to be provided in the future. He is uniquely positioned to play a lead role in creating a fostering care model which could be developed then implemented in India. This could make an enormous difference to the lives of huge numbers of young people by providing them with a future. Raising awareness of the need to interest people in fostering, both in the UK and now abroad, is key to Aijaz:

“Every young person deserves an opportunity to make the most of their life, and no country can afford to squander its greatest resource – future generations.”

Rainbow fostering is a leading independent fostering agency. Become a foster parent by first getting in touch. We are one of a number of private fostering agencies and offer high levels of support and training. Interested in fostering children or fostering babies? We can answer any questions you might have. Simply call 020 8427 3355. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information about fostering. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Education strategy in Wales to be informed by views of foster carers

10th October 2016

The leading charity, The Fostering Network is being commissioned by government in Wales to hold discussions with foster carers in order to review the first year of the Looked After Children’s Education Strategy. This was started in January 2016 aiming to raise the educational attainment of looked after children in Wales. As well as setting out arrangements to provide more support for children, primarily of school age, it also defines the arrangements for supporting young people into further and higher education as well as their future employment.

The director of The Fostering Network in Wales, Emily Warren, stated: “Having worked so closely with the Welsh Government on the development of this strategy, we are eager to hear directly from foster carers as to how they think the strategy is impacting the children they are looking after.”

“We have high ambitions for the educational outcomes of looked after children. We want them to have the same opportunities and expectations as their peers and this strategy is a very important step in that direction.”

Rainbow fostering is an independent fostering agency. Find out how to become a foster parent by simply getting in touch. We are one of a number of private fostering agencies and pride ourselves on the level of support and training that we offer. If you are interested in fostering children or fostering babies,we can answer any questions you might have. Just call 020 8427 3355 Please visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more information about fostering. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Increase in the figures for unaccompanied asylum seeking children

4th October 2016

Statistics released from the Department for Education in England indicate that there are now over 70,000 children in care in England. This sets a new record. The dramatic rise has been explained by more unaccompanied asylum seeking children needing homes. The numbers have increased from 2,740 in 2015 to 4,210 in 2016 representing an increase of over 50%.

The director of policy at The Fostering Network, Jackie Sanders, said: ‘We know that for some ar-eas, the increase in the number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children has created significant pressure on resources, including finding the right foster family. However, following the introduction of the Government’s interim transfer protocol and with sufficient funding from the Government, and suitable training and resources from organisations like The Fostering Network, we believe the care system will cope with these increased numbers, and will help these children to settle into life in the UK and to thrive.”

Rainbow fostering is an independent fostering agency with headquarters in London. We are one of a number of private fostering agencies and pride ourselves on the level off support and training we offer. So if you want to discover more about fostering children, or fostering babies, we can provide information. Simply call 020 8427 3355: visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ and please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Charity responds to latest figures on looked after children in England

30th September 2016

The Department for Education has just released statistics on looked after children in England. These have drawn a response from the director of policy at The Fostering Network Jackie Sanders: “Having campaigned for a change in legislation to allow fostered young people to stay living with their foster carers until the age of 21, we are pleased that these latest figures show a continued rise in young people “staying put”. However, there is still plenty of room for growth.”

Jackie Sanders drew attention to the fact that 10% of care leavers aged 19 still living with their foster carers, but that for many more staying put would be the best option. The charity intends to maintain pressure on the Government to ensure enough resources are made available to local authorities. This will mean young people have the option of remaining with their foster carers if they so wish. What is essential is that staying put is applied in a consistent way across England.

Rainbow fostering is one of a number of independent fostering agency. Want to know how to become a foster parent? Simply get in touch. We are one of a number of private fostering agencies; we especially pride ourselves on the level off support and training we offer. So if you are interested in fostering children or fostering babies, we can answer all your questions. Just call 020 8427 3355 Please visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Awards to celebrate excellence in fostering

29th September 2016

The Fostering Excellence Awards are coming up soon. These are run by the leading charity, The Fostering Network. This year the awards are supported by ‘Dreams’ the bed specialists. The focus is upon celebrating excellence and outstanding achievement in fostering. Presentations are made to foster carers, members of their family – as well as social workers. Recognition is also given to the achievements of young people in care. The view of Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network is –

“Foster care helps children to transform their lives, often after very difficult starts to their childhoods. The Fostering Excellence Awards are an opportunity for us to celebrate and praise the amazing achievements of six young people who have succeeded against the odds, and to reflect on the achievements of all children in care and young care leavers across the UK.”

“We are also able to recognise the fantastic role played by foster families and social workers in helping children to thrive in foster care, and to thank them for all that they do. The Awards are a showcase of everything that is good about foster care, and to shine a spotlight on some of the amazing people who are part of the fostering community.”

The BBC’s Ashley John-Baptiste will be hosting the ceremony – he is an ambassador for The Fostering Network.

Rainbow fostering are an independent fostering agency. If you want to know how to become a foster parent, please get in touch. We are one of a number of private fostering agencies, but we particularly pride ourselves on the level of support and training we give our carers. So if you are interested in fostering babies or fostering children, we can answer all your questions, simply call 020 8427 3355 Please visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more general information. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Fostering service in Kent needs to improve

28th September 2016

Kent council have recently come under fire in an independent report which found that the authority was not “delivering the requirements of a good fostering service”. The report, which had been commissioned by the council, was carried out to focus on areas that required improvement. It went on to state: “In the view of the reviewers, the council is not currently delivering the requirements of a good fostering service.” And “In considering the grade, the reviewers judged the authority to be one that requires improvement – measured through the Ofsted criteria.”

Kent council has found its children’s services placed under considerable pressure from the migrant crisis. The scale of the problem can be judged from the figures: the number of children going into the authority’s care was 899 during 2013 to 2014. This year, so far, the figure stands at 1,593.

Rainbow fostering are an independent fostering agency. We are constantly looking for people interested in becoming carers. Fostering children and young people is highly rewarding. Our fostering services provide excellent support and training – sourced from our fostering network. Please visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more detailed information. We would be delighted to hear from you and answer any questions directly – simply call 020 8427 3355. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

The Children’s Society reports calls for better financial education

27th September 2016

The Children’s Society has just brought out a report entitled The Cost of Being Care Free. Particular focus is given to the fact that many young people in care, or about to leave care, are very poorly prepared to make important financial decisions. The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams stated ‘The Fostering Network has, for many years, been concerned that young people who are leaving care are not sufficiently prepared for independence.’

The number of post eighteen placements is growing as a result of Staying Put. This means young people will have; with the support of their foster carers, the opportunity to become more financially aware. The government was also called upon to ‘invest sufficiently in their post-18 schemes and to monitor the schemes to ensure a consistency of implementation. As this report from The Children’s Society shows, an investment in our care-experienced young people is good for the young people themselves and will reduce the need for expensive interventions later in life.’

As an independent fostering agency, Rainbow Fostering are working hard to find people to provide homes for your people. Our foster agency makes available high quality fostering services, and sourced from across our fostering network, we provide excellent training and support for those fostering babies or older children. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more information. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Foster carers vote to form a trade union

20th September 2016

A group of foster carers; concerned about issues such as rates of pay, lack of employment rights and not having a voice when a child is removed, have voted to form a trade union. This would be the first ever trade union for foster carers. they have a particular concern over their legal status: currently they are not classed as workers or employees as they work without a contract of employment. The result of this is foster carers do not enjoy any of the rights of employees such as holiday pay, sick pay or the minimum wage. Under present arrangements, foster carers receive an allowance to cover the costs relating to the child(children) as well as a fee. This is based on upon their particular skill level as well as the type of children they are caring for. A child with high needs – which could be of a medical nature – will require a more experienced carer and so the fee will be higher.

The vote took place at a meeting on Monday. This was at Parliament and support was given by the shadow chancellor John McDonnell. In the UK there are at present 55,000 fostering households looking after around 64,000 children. The Department for Education has stated that it is setting up, a fundamental review of foster care provision across the country.

As an independent fostering agency, Rainbow Fostering are keen to find people to become foster carers. Our foster agency provides high quality fostering services, and from across our fostering network, we provide excellent training and support for those fostering babies or older children. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more information. Please take time to like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Government response to committee mental health report assessed

19th September 2016

The chief executive of The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams has responded to the Government’s own response to the Commons Education Committee report on Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Looked After Children: he stated:
‘The Fostering Network welcomed the findings of the Education Committee’s report and is pleased to see the Government affirming some of its recommendations. However, we are concerned that the Government does not see the need for all foster carers to receive training on mental health and wellbeing, nor the need for access to CAMHS for care experienced children and young people up to the age of 25. We believe both these are imperative to ensure improved mental health and wellbeing for looked after children and care experienced adults.’

Kevin Williams also highlighted the problem with existing guidance for many of the recommendations not being followed in practice. He said that this had been confirmed in feedback from foster carers themselves. The charity is calling on the Government to make a point of restating the guidance and then making sure that the local authorities in England are funded adequately so they can implement the guidance. It is imperative also that the implementation is then properly monitored so that there is consistency across the country.

As an independent fostering agency, Rainbow Fostering are urgently looking for people to become foster carers. Our foster agency provides fostering services which are second to none: from across our fostering network, we provide outstanding training and support if you are fostering babies or older children. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more information. Please like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

Former pop star prepares to foster a baby

16th September 2016

Sinitta, the former pop star said recently ‘I am actually in the process of fostering a baby’.She already has two adopted children, Magdalena and Zac who were adopted in 2007. Sinitta had in the past suffered a series of miscarriages; she has also tried IVF without success. The singer reported having a conversation with someone who had provided care for a homeless child during the last three weeks of their life. She was moved by this: ‘I realised you know what? What about just being an answer to a need.’

Across the UK, there is a need for 9,000 new foster families to meet the rising demand from children requiring homes. Given this situation, when a celebrity adds to the awareness of fostering, this can only be beneficial. Rainbow Fostering is an independent fostering agency: we are urgently looking for people to become foster carers and provide homes for children and young people. Our fostering services are comprehensive: from across our fostering network, we offer outstanding training and support. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more information. Follow us: @Rainbowfosterin and like us on Facebook http://bit.ly/2csBXVd

National fostering campaign for Cumbria

15th September 2016

There is a desperate need in this country to find new foster families. There is a current shortfall of over 9,000 families. The problem is made worse due to experienced carers retiring, so it is vital to find people to become foster carers. It is good news to hear that a campaign has been launched in Cumbria to find foster carers for children needing homes across the county. Cumbria currently has four hundred and ninety seven children placed in foster homes.

More carers are urgently needed: Ruth McHugh, Manager for Adoption and Fostering at the council stressed:

“You can be any kind of person, there’s not any stereotype, there’s not any rigid rules about that. We just need people who’ve got time and attention and warmth to give a child and welcome them as part of the family, space in their home and able to work with the other adults around them.”

As an independent fostering agency, Rainbow Fostering are urgently looking for people to become foster carers. Our fostering services are second to none: from across our fostering network, we provide outstanding training and support. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/ for more information.

Call for amendment to key clause

13th September 2016

The UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network has called for an amendment to clause 8 of The Children and Social Work Bill. This is to make sure that long term fostering arrangements are placed on an equal footing with special guardianship and adoption orders in relation to potential permanence options for children in care.

Kevin Williams, The Fostering Network’s chief executive stated: ‘We are particularly concerned with the lack of recognition of long-term foster care as a valid permanence option, especially in regards to clause 8 of the Bill.

‘We believe the Bill provides an opportunity to improve outcomes for looked after children, and we welcome the intention of clause 8 to ensure that the long-term needs of the child are looked at in order to develop a plan that will assess and meet their current and future needs. However, we want to ensure that all permanence options benefit from this clause. Therefore all options, including long-term fostering, should be written explicitly into the Bill.’

Rainbow fostering is an independent fostering agency dedicated to the provision of fostering services. We support our carers 24/7 and strive to provide as much information as possible relating to fostering network news and fostering in general. Currently 9,000 new foster families in the UK are needed. Please get in touch if you want to talk about your interest in fostering. Additional information is available at http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/introduction

Online Pornography is damaging children

12th September 2016

There is now thought to be a risk that this generation of children is being put at risk from the proliferation of online pornography. Boys are at risk from being desensitised – which could adversely affect their future relationships in a number of ways. It is almost impossible to limit access to such material, since so many children have access to smartphones. The average age for the first time pornography is viewed by boys in the UK is 11. For boys who are slightly older, it has become a ‘normal’ activity. in a recent survey of 3,000 boys aged between 13 to 18, 81% reported viewing it. Girls are less likely to be interested, but 77% of young women report feeling that pornography pressurises girls to look a certain way, and 75% report feeling that it has changed their behaviour.

Rainbow Fostering are an independent fostering agency providing fostering services. These include training covering a wide range of issues. We are committed to offering the best support for our carers at all times. Please get in touch to find out more about fostering. Additional information is available at http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/introduction

Suicide calls from children to Childline doubles in 5 years

9th September 2016

The charity NSPCC who runs the service report holding 19,481 counselling sessions in 2015/16 specifically about suicide. This was equal to a call being made every half hour. The president of Childline Dame Esther Rantzen found the figures “deeply disturbing”.
She commented: “I would urge any young person who feels this way to contact us. It really does make a difference to speak to someone who cares about you, and wants to listen.”

NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless has added: “We have to understand why so many children are reaching such a desperate emotional state that they feel they have no option but to end their lives.”

Such a rise is very worrying. Many looked after children are already, especially vulnerable, so the situation has to be particularly concerning. Some of the causes listed were to do with abuse, chaotic and turbulent home lives, mental health conditions and school pressures.

Rainbow Fostering provide fostering services which include comprehensive training in a wide range of areas.: as an independent fostering agency, we are committed to the best support for our carers at all times. Currently there is a need for 9,000 new foster families in the UK. Get in touch to find out more about fostering. Additional information is available at http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/introduction

Education programme is shortlisted for an award

6th September 2016

The Fostering Network, the UK’s leading charity has announced that their education programme in Northern Ireland has been shortlisted for a ‘Children and Young People Now award. 2007 was the year the programme was introduced – its purpose being to provide tailored educational support and resources to looked after children in foster care. The effect of the programme is showing up in the improved outcomes for young people: for GCSE students who received tuition from Fostering Achievement in 2014; nearly twice as many gained five or more A* to C grades when compared to the rest of looked after children.

The director of The Fostering Network Network (Northern Ireland) is Kathleen Toner; she stated ‘Fostering Achievement provides so much for the children and young people who take part, it is a unique programme which enables foster carers, in partnership with social workers, teachers and the third sector, to make a vital difference to the lives of many individual young people and give them an opportunity for a brighter and more optimistic future.’

Rainbow Fostering provide fostering services: we are an independent fostering agency committed to providing the best support for our carers. There is a need for 9,000 new foster families in the UK please contact us if you wish to find out more about fostering. More information is available at http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/introduction

Report out on mental health and emotional wellbeing

2nd September 2016

The Alliance for Children in Care and Care Leavers have produced a report which examines the options for assessing and measuring the mental health and well being of children in care. The significance of the paper is that is lays out proposals for Government to develop new measures as well as ways of using data to greater effect.

The leading charity, The Fostering Network, is supporting the findings of the Alliance for Children in Care. The Fostering Network reports that one of the areas of greatest concern that foster carers tell them about, is the severe lack of support for the mental health needs of young people.

These proposals, produced by the Alliance for Children in Care and Care Leavers, are a part of the organisation’s wider vision which calls for a complete change in the way care is organised and delivered.

Rainbow Fostering are an independent fostering agency providing fostering services. We are committed to supporting and informing our carers, along with anyone with an interest in fostering, about issues that relate to fostering and caring for children and young people. Our blogs address a wide range of fostering topics. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/

Scotland sees a rise in indecent images

1st September 2016

There has been a rise in the number of offences involving possession of indecent images of children in Scotland. Over the last three years, more than 1,900 offences were reported by the police. This total, which is the highest for any single police force in the country, included a 17% rise last year. The figures were obtained by the NSPCC: the charity is asking that internet companies go further to solve this problem. Joanna Barrett who is the policy and public affairs manager for NSPCC Scotland, stated “These figures clearly show that there is a growing problem of people viewing child abuse material and more needs to be done to tackle the issue.”

Anyone with responsibility for children needs to be aware of the risks that unsupervised access to technology can pose. Visit www.nspcc.org.uk/ShareAware for information and guidance.

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Girls in UK becoming more unhappy

31st Aug 2016

The Children’s Society’s annual report has just suggested that amongst 10 – 15 year old girls, 14% are unhappy with their lives generally and 34% are specifically unhappy with their appearance. These findings are highlighted in the charity’s annual Good Childhood Report; the information having been drawn from the Understanding Society Survey, which collects data on 40,000UK households. This is backed up by recent research published by the Department for Education which has shown the mental well-being of teenage girls in England has worsened as compared to their counterparts in 2005. The situation is affecting girls in greater numbers than boys. The general economic climate has been singled out as a reason, but the impact of social media is heavily implicated with girls being especially vulnerable: the report suggests as well that girls are more likely to spend extended periods on social media and this has been linked to an increased risk of mental ill health.

This is especially concerning for all involved in the provision of care for children in the care system. Such children are already hugely disadvantaged and are especially vulnerable to feelings of low self esteem.

Right now 9,000 new foster families are desperately needed in the UK. If you, or anyone you know might be interested in fostering, contact our team today. Change a child’s life by offering them a future We’d love to hear from you. Visit our web site for a wealth of general information on fostering: see http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/makes-foster-carer

Recognition for a vicar who encouraged people to foster

30th Aug 2016

The Reverend James darling, a vicar from Suffolk, has been recognised by the charity Barnardo’s,for the efforts he made to encourage people to foster children. But all his his ‘good works’ were performed at a time when fostering was unknown. This is because he passed away 125 years ago, but his commitment to the welfare of children has not been forgotten. As part of marking their anniversary, Barnardo’s are putting a spotlight on the work that he did. The charity has released pictures of youngsters rescued from hardship: these include a jailbirds’s daughter as well as the charity’s very first black child Elizabeth Mouncey.

9,000 new foster families needed this year in the UK. Please contact us if you, or anyone you know might be interested in fostering. There is an acute shortage of people coming forward to foster. Change a child’s life for the better today by contacting the team at Rainbow. We’d love to hear from you. Visit our web site for a wealth of information on fostering: see http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/fostering-siblings-groups

Select Committee report into homelessness

26th Aug 2016

A report into homelessness has just been produced by the communities and local government select committee. In the findings, it emerged that 24 per cent of homeless people have experience of the care system and there has been a call for more research.

The director of public affairs at The Fostering Network (The UK’s leading fostering charity), Jackie Sanders stated:

‘It is reassuring that the committee recognised that young people who have support withdrawn from them after independence face enormous challenges. Given that many care experienced young people have faced immense challenges in their childhood and teenage years a lack of support from their corporate parent can put them at a disadvantage when it comes to being able to cope with the rigours of independence compared to their peers who may still receive familial support.”

At Rainbow Fostering we would like to hear from anyone interested in becoming a foster carer. You could make such a difference to the life and prospects of a child. So change the life of a young person today…as well as your own. 9000 new foster families are needed in the UK. Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/makes-foster-carer for more information about fostering.

Money raised by charity event for fostering

23rd Aug 2016

The Fostering Network, this country’s leading fostering charity has; in conjunction with Dreams (the bed specialists) raised more than £24,000 through a cycling event. At this time, there is a pressing need for new foster families, so any initiative that keeps fostering in the public eye has to be both supported and celebrated. This event was part of the year round effort the charity puts into maintaining awareness to encourage more people to go into fostering.

At Rainbow Fostering, we are planning our own ‘special event’ later this year to maintain awareness of the need for people to come forward to foster. This will be part of our anniversary celebrations. If you are already fostering but are interested in the training opportunities we have to offer at Rainbow please get in touch – along with the rewards visit our latest blog http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/fostering-share-success/

Key survey from UK’s leading fostering charity

18th Aug 2016

The UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network has just launched its bi-annual State of the Nation survey. The aim is to canvas the views of foster carers relating to a range of issues affecting fostering in the UK. The main areas of focus will cover – financial support, decision making, health issues, placement instability and consistency of social workers.rainbow 18 anniversary fostering news

The Fostering Network’s policy manager, Kate Lawson, said “Our State of the Nation survey is an extremely important piece of work when it comes to hearing from our foster carer members and ensuring that we can bring transformative change to the fostering sector.”

The survey, which will represent a valuable resource for the charity, will be used to create change and influence the general fostering agenda. The findings can be used to bring pressure to policy makers with the goal of ensuring all children and young people being fostered, receive the best care and are able to reach their full potential.

At Rainbow Fostering, we are eagerly anticipating our 18th Anniversary later this year – marked by the creation of our anniversary logo Look out for fostering news of how we shall be marking this special event. In the meantime keep sending any views/opinions you have on fostering generally. Visit our blog for interesting topics connected to fostering http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/child-fostering-accent-humanism/

Fostering children: a lack of mental health services

16th Aug 2016

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (Camhs) has come under criticism recently from a recent Education Select Committee report. This is because of their refusal to assess and treat children who are removed from families, then taken into the care of the state, before they are found a settled placement.

The report has highlighted that the mental health of children in care is very much worse than that of their peers. It was revealed that close to half of children in care have a diagnosable mental health disorder. An investigation by MP’s found that there were “serious and deeply ingrained problems with the commissioning and provision” of Camhs.” The select committee chair, Neil Carmichael MP went on the record stating: “We were concerned at the lack of speed regarding diagnosis, and lack of appropriate response thereafter.”

Rainbow Fostering are interested in any comments you may have regarding fostering children. Or, any issues concerning fostering generally. Our blogs provide a range of fostering topics. Our latest is at  http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/fostering-children-read/

Response to ‘golden hellos’ story from leading charity

12th Aug 2016

Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, has responded to a BBC article about carers being offered ‘cash sweeteners’ to transfer to Independent Fostering Agencies. He stated “The Fostering Network has transfer protocols which guide the way in which fostering services should manage the movement of foster carers between fostering services, and which have support from across the fostering sector.” He continued “We know from our surveys of foster carers and the values work that we have undertaken that financial motivation is low on the list for most foster carers – We do not believe, and we have no evidence to suggest, that golden hellos will be a significant incentive for many foster carers. Indeed, they would prefer to be well supported, valued and remunerated throughout their fostering career than to receive a financial incentive.”

At Rainbow Fostering, we would endorse these views. Such stories point to the fact that the current UK shortage of over 9,000 foster families is having an impact.

At Rainbow Fostering, we are interested in any feedback you may have regarding fostering children. Or, any issues concerning fostering. Visit our blog for comment on a range of fostering topics such as kinship – http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/child-fostering-kinship-care/

Foster carers being ‘poached’

5th Aug 2016

It is being reported that large private fostering agencies are offering cash ‘sweeteners’ in an effort to recruit more foster carers already working for English local authorities. Councils are then, it has been claimed, charged more for caring for the same child. This practice should be banned say The Association of Directors of Children’s Services. The ADCS’s president, Dave Hill, stated that “companies should not be profiteering from children in care and objected very strongly to ‘golden hellos’. He went on to comment – “Local authorities are very committed to recruiting, training and supporting foster carers and that costs a lot of money,”

In response, The National Association of Foster Providers has said there are other reasons why foster carers may choose to transfer from a local authority to an agency. These are very often to do with the needs of the child. At Rainbow, we shall be looking at this issue in more detail in one of our forthcoming Blogs.

If you would like to comment on this, or any other fostering issues, call or email the team at Rainbow. You can visit our blog http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/ Considering fostering? Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/about-us – 9,000 new foster families are needed in the UK.

Unique fostering programme in Northern Ireland visited by Minister

3rd Aug 2016

Peter Weir, Education Minister, recently visited a Fostering Achievement Primary Summer Scheme in Newtonards, County Down. This is being run by Northern Ireland’s leading charity The Fostering Network. Whilst attending, the minister met foster carers and children and young people in foster care. They were able to share their experiences and life stories with him. The minister said “I am pleased to have the opportunity to meet with representatives from The Fostering Network, foster and kinship carers and the children who are enjoying the summer scheme here in Victoria Primary School.”

Director of The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland, Kathleen Toner, stated: “Today’s visit by the minister is an acknowledgement from the Northern Ireland Executive that education doesn’t stop at the classroom door or at the end of term, and it shows that there is an understanding that foster carers have a huge role to play in supporting educational achievement.”

For more general information and comment on fostering issues, you can visit our blog http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/ If you would like to make contribute by sharing a personal story about fostering; call or email. Considering fostering? Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/about-us

Update: Fostering Excellence Awards

29th July 2016

The Fostering Excellence Awards are scheduled to take place this on September 27th 2016, in London. The award categories for this year are: Fostering Achievement, Outstanding Contribution to Foster Care and Fostering Supporters. This year, Dreams, the bed specialists will be supporting the event which seeks to celebrate the efforts of foster carers, social workers and young people. This is the leading celebration of achievements within foster care in the UK. Individual awards have attracted support from Endsleigh, Towergate Insurance, Tunstall Jubilee Foundation, along with Partnerships in Children’s Services.

At Rainbow Fostering, we work hard to keep our carers’ abreast of all that is happening in the world of fostering. We provide comment on our blog to issues relating fostering: for latest article http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/fostering-costs-pause-thought-2/ We are always delighted to receive your views. Do please contact us if you are interested in fostering. There is a national shortage of over 9,000 foster families.

Pathways: theme for International Foster Care Conference

27th July 2016

The International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO) will have a conference theme of ‘Pathways’ for its annual conference running from the 1st to the 4th September. This year’s theme encompasses ‘A lifelong understanding of education, trauma, intervention and success’; and this year the UK’s leading fostering charity – The Fostering Network – will be an official conference partner.

The IFCO is an international network whose purpose is to promote and support foster care across the world. The conference is aiming this year to create an equal platform for all stakeholders within fostering. This will include foster families, foster parents, social workers, children in foster care, birth families, care leavers, academics – and all with an interest in fostering. For more information, visit: http://2016conference.ifco.info/en/home-page.html

For more general information and views on fostering issues, you can visit our blog http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/ If you would like to make contribute by sharing a personal story about fostering; call or email. There is an urgent need for new foster families so if you are consider-ing fostering? Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/about-us

A new guide for caring for unaccompanied asylum seekers

22nd July 2016

Leading charity, The Fostering Network, is launching a new guide to provide information about caring for unaccompanied asylum seeking children. The new guide gives all the information needed to care for, support and advocate for such children. Crucially, it will advise on supporting children through the process of applying to remain in the UK.

From the Refugee Council, Judith Dennis said: ‘This guide has all the essential information that foster carers need to know about the asylum process and how to support unaccompanied children in the asylum system. It is a vital resource for helping foster carers understand what processes need to be followed and how they can best support the child.’

At Rainbow Fostering Agency, we want to hear your views on issues connected with fostering. Visit our blog for comment on a range of fostering issues. The latest gives all the main fostering statistics for the UK http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/fostering-statistical-snapshot/ Considering fostering, please get in touch today. Over 9,000 new families are needed for fostering children this year alone.

New children and social work bill could affect fostering

20th July 2016

The new bill will be likely to effect social work provision and this could impact on fostering. Specifically, clause 15 of the bill is exciting both criticism and reaction from the social care sector Edward Timpson, the children’s minister, has stated that the clause seeks only to “Allow great social workers to try out new approaches and be freed from limiting bureaucracy, all in the interests of achieving more for children”. A different attitude altogether is taken by the charity Article 39 who have expressed a range of concerns – views shared by the British Association of Social Workers: the clause “introduces an unprecedented threat to hundreds of social care requirements that have developed over decades.”The charity represents itself as ‘fighting for children’s rights in institutional settings’ visit http://www.article39.org.uk/

At Rainbow Fostering, we are interested in any feedback you may have regarding fostering children. Or, any issues connected with fostering. Visit our blog for comment on a range of fostering issues such as http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/fostering-solutions-compromised/ Over 9,000 new families are needed for fostering children: considering fostering, or know someone who might be, please get in touch today.

Key fostering report published by Oxford University

18th July 2016

A report into The Impact of Unproven Allegations on foster carers has now been published by the University of Oxford’s Rees Centre. The work produced in the report reveals that allegations are more likely to be faced by newer and younger foster carers. This group will have less experience working with social workers and fostering services. Support and training are essential as allegations, whether substantiated not, result in stress for all concerned.

The report found that ‘the main impact on carers and their families of allegations closed as unproven was emotional and financial.’ It was also highlighted that providing foster carers with a better understanding of the investigation process should be a priority. The full report can be read on the University of Oxford website:
http://reescentre.education.ox.ac.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/ImpactofUnprovenAllegations_ReesCentreJuly2016.pdf

We welcome comment and observation from all our carers on any issues around fostering. At Rainbow, we always strive to provide as much information as possible for anyone who is, or may be considering, fostering children. Our Blog covers a range of interesting topics and comment about fostering fostering: http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/foster-different-attitude/ is just one of many articles that may be of interest.

Not Seen, Not Heard: a timely report

14th July 2016

Leading charity, The Fostering Network has welcomed the recent publication of the Care Quality Commission’s report Not Seen, Not Heard. This is based on the Commission’s comprehensive review examining the health care aspects of children’s services in England. The focus has been on how the health services in a local authority work in unison to make provision for children in need. The emphasis is on giving help early on when it is needed. The charity draws attention to the need for investment and early intervention with regard to the wellbeing of looked after children. One issue that has been of particular concern is the situation regarding support around mental health issues. The number of reports from foster carers has been growing with regard to difficulties accessing mental health services for foster children, such as CAHMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).

The situation is a serious one when considering the disturbing fact that young people in the UK experiencing mental health problems are at a significant risk of attempting suicide. The Fostering Network went on to strongly endorse the CQC’s view that ‘children and young people must have access to the emotional and mental health support they need’. For more information on the work of the CQC visit www.cqc.org.uk/

For more up to date information on the issues surrounding the mental health of looked after children, visit our recent blog http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/foster-care-mental-health-wellbeing/ If you are thinking of fostering and would like to find out more, visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/about-us or phone for a chat – there is no obligation and we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Putting Children First – a vision for excellence

12th July 2016

This key government report, now released aims to bring about the widest and most far reaching reforms to children’s social care. The changes will be fundamental – not seen in a generation. The vision is for a system operated by highly trained professionals who will have the freedom to be proactive and innovative in the interests of children and young people. Services will be delivered via a broad range of social care organisations. The aim is for less bureaucracy with inbuilt checks in a more responsive system so there will be improved accountability. Most importantly, there will be a focus on ensuring intervention can be rapid where services fail.

Significantly, the report is firm in terms of commitment to supporting foster carers and their being proactively involved in the decision making process: for more visit
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/535732/Putting_Children_First_-_delivering_our_vision_for_excellent_children_s_social_care.pdf

For varied opinion on issues around fostering, visit our blog – suggested article: http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/protect-foster-children-criminalisation/
You can share a personal story about fostering, simply call or email. If you are thinking of fostering and wondering what it involves, visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/about-us or call for a chat – we’d be delighted to hear from you.

A leading charity welcomes strategy publication

11th July 2016

The Fostering Network has warmly welcomed the publication of the care leavers strategy Keep on Caring in England. Kevin Williams, The Fostering Network’s chief executive responded to the strategy, saying ““The Government in Westminster has set out ambitious but practical goals for supporting care leavers on their journey from care to independence in their care leavers strategy, Keep on Caring. These are warmly welcomed by The Fostering Network”. He went on to say “we believe the strategy can make a significant positive difference to the future lives of care leavers as they make the transition into adulthood.”

The charity has tirelessly campaigned for the government to introduce ‘Staying Put’. What will be crucial to the success of the programme will be the level of funding. The Fostering Network will continue to exert pressure to ensure that it is adequately resourced.

For varied comment on general fostering issues, visit the Rainbow blog – recommended:
http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/fostering-epidemic-obesity/ If you would like to make a comment, or share a personal story about your fostering experiences, simply call or email. Thinking of fostering and wondering if you can visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/about-us

Ofsted report children’s services weak

4th July 2016

The third annual report on children’s social care in England has just been published by Ofsted: Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw reports in the findings that it is “unacceptable” that three quarters of children’s services are currently inadequate or needing improvement. The report goes on to identify that in too many children’s services departments, weak leadership was responsible for the most vulnerable children in the system being at risk of being failed. Many of the findings are disturbing, but the main overall conclusion was the importance of quality leadership in protecting children.

Much of the debate at present focuses on funding levels, but Ofsted’s report stressed the key determinant was how local authorities allocated their funding: it was found some of the weakest local authorities were the highest spenders.

Check upcoming articles on the Rainbow Blog to find opinion on this and other fostering issues. http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/. Recommended article http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/foster-different-attitude/ Please feel free to get in touch with your opinions.

Pressure on fostering services as Government set to disperse asylum seeking children across England

1st July 2016

Concerns have been raised regarding integration following the recent EU referendum debate. Immigration was clearly an issue, so this is not the easiest timing for the government to embark upon sending unaccompanied asylum seeking children to towns and cities across England. Especially as they may be at some distance from essential support services.

More than 3,000 refugee children came to Britain last year. Much of the impact of this dispersal scheme will fall on the approximately 55,000 foster carers in the UK. The Local Government Association has calculated the average annual cost per child stands at £50,000. Funding nationally is set to rise by more than 20%: this will mean a maximum of £41,614 per child – so there is a shortfall.

For more general information and comment on fostering issues, you can visit our blog http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/ If you would like to make contribute by sharing a personal story about fostering; call or email. Considering fostering? Visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/about-us

Award winning foster carers recognised by MP

27th June 2016

Deserved recognition: foster carers Glen and Regina Mahon from Downpatrick, County Down met with the MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie. The couple have been fostering for fifteen years and the leading charity, The Fostering Network, have recently named them Foster Carers of the Year. In a wide ranging discussion, the couple spoke about their experiences of fostering children, as well as the benefits to the community well supported foster care can bring.

When presenting the award, the selection panel singled out the couple’s generosity and steadfastness: of real note was the fact that when the youngest child in their care needed major heart surgery – leading to a 16 week hospital stay – Glen stayed with him in Birmingham. And this meant him sitting alongside the child night and day.

For more opinion and views on fostering, visit the rest of our site as there is much to inform – http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/who-can-foster We need 9,000 new foster families across the UK in 2016: please contact us for a chat if you are considering fostering children.

Data points to improved results by looked after children in Scotland

24th June 2016

The director of the leading charity, The Fostering Network in Scotland, Sara Lurie said:

“The Fostering Network welcomes the continued improvement in academic achievement by looked after children in Scotland.”

The results were released this week in a report issued by the Scottish Government. Sara Lurie continued:

“It is very encouraging to see an improvement in the educational outcomes of looked after children in Scotland, and especially to see that children in foster care have the most positive outcomes. While we cannot expect dramatic and immediate change in educational outcomes for young people in care, it is positive to see a consistent improvement over time. There is clearly still a long way to go, but we have long maintained that foster care works and can improve educational outcomes – and this report clearly shows that to be the case.”

More comment, views and opinion around fostering can be accessed by visiting the Rainbow blog – for the latest article on what to expect from an Initial Home Visit, visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/fostering-initial-home-visit-3/ Here you can look back through our archive for more fostering topics. The Rainbow team would like you to make a comment, or, perhaps share a story about fostering, simply call or email. If you are considering fostering and wondering if it is for you, visit –http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/about-us

Children’s welfare threatened

21st June 2016

A leading charity is claiming that the well being of many thousands of children in care is now threatened. The reason is a series of budget cuts being pushed through in England. The result, The Fostering Network claims is that it is now harder for children in care to access support from a social worker.

Kevin Williams, The Fostering Network’s chief executive reported: “We are extremely concerned that so many foster carers feel that recent cuts are having a negative impact on their fostered children’s access to the support and services that they so vitally need”.

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of children receiving intensive support via child protection plans. This number, according to town hall chiefs has risen 60% over the last eight years: unsurprisingly, councils have been left with tough decisions to make with regard to early intervention budgets.

Kevin Williams went on to say “To think that this progress is in danger of being eroded and that foster carers will be forced to subsidise the care of these children or that children will go without is truly shocking,” he added.

And for more views fostering, please visit our blog – latest piece:
http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/foster-care-cross-cultural-placements/
Lots of informative articles and if you would like to make a comment, or share a story about fostering, simply call or email. Thinking of fostering and wondering if it is for you visit
http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/about-us

Foster carers recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours list

17th June 2016

The challenge of finding new foster families was given another boost by the recent Birthday Honours list. A number of foster carers were singled out meaning the valuable work they have done is recognised as well as keeping the issue of fostering in the public eye.

This years Birthday Honours list (published Friday 10th June 2016) recognised over one hundred individuals for their service to education, children’s services as well as people who have made a difference to equality and diversity. Included are the following individuals recognised for their work as foster carers: James Staniforth BEM (British Empire Medal), Anne Staniforth BEM, Joyce Meynell BEM; Raymond Smallworth MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)), Carol Smallworth MBE, Wendy Palczynski MBE, John Palczynski, Tommy O’Connor MBE, Emma O’Connor MBE, Michael Cullen MBE, Irene Cullen MBE, Deloris Collett MBE.

Following the announcements, Jonathan Slater, Department for Education Permanent Secretary, said: “Congratulations to the award winners in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Their outstanding contributions are improving the lives of children and young people through excellent care and education, and promoting LGBT and women’s equality as well as diversity more widely.”

And for more comment on different fostering issues, visit our blog – latest piece:
http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/foster-different-attitude/ There are plenty of other informative articles to read. If you would like to make a comment, or share a personal story about fostering, simply call or email. Thinking of fostering and wondering if you can visit http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/about-us

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and leaving care support – the Minister responds

15th June 2016

Foster children are allowed to stay put until they reach the age of 21. Once unaccompanied asylum-seeking children turn 18, they face a very different situation. They will have already started the process of applying for extended leave to remain in the UK, however the majority of applications are turned down. With no support and the Home Office not; in most cases, proceeding to remove them from the UK, these young people simply ‘disappear’. Without any support, they can quickly become vulnerable. This situation is unlikely to change in the near future: when asked, the immigration minister James Brokenshire’s response to the point of providing ongoing support post the age of 18 was this would “not be appropriate as we are not preparing them for adult life in the UK so the approach must be different”.

And for more comment on a whole range of fostering issues, don’t forget to visit our blog – latest piece: http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/blog/foster-different-attitude/
If you would like to comment, or share a personal story about fostering you might have – simply call or email – our team at Rainbow would love to hear from you.

The UK’s leading fostering charity has a new ambassador

9th June 2016

Ashley-John Baptiste has just been made an ambassador for the Fostering Network. At the age of four, he went into care – his is an exemplary story of how success can be achieved through support and sheer hard work. Ashley went to Cambridge University and whilst there was a mentor for other students who had experience of the care system. Ashley got to Cambridge with the help and support of his MP, Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes – but it was a great personal achievement.

This is a high profile role offering many opportunities to keep fostering right at the top of the political agenda: only recently Ashley, after backing the recent Foster Care Fortnight Campaign, hosted a special award giving event at the House of Lords.

In September Ashley will be hosting the charity’s 2016 Fostering Excellence Awards maintaining the focus on fostering. Nothing could be more important as it is vital more people come forward to become foster carers.

Ashley currently works as a broadcast journalist for the BBC.

Don’t forget if you would like to comment or share a personal story about fostering you might have – simply get in touch. The team at Rainbow would love to hear from you.

A great advocate for fostering is recognised with an award

8th June 2016

Fostering needs its heroes: the trouble is so many people making a real difference to young lives go unsung. It is vital, considering the urgent need for foster carers, to keep both this issue and the sterling work of people involved in fostering to the fore. And this can be done effectively through keeping a spotlight on those individuals who work tirelessly for the ‘cause’. One such person is Zoe Witherington; recently awarded the third President’s Award by the Fostering Network for her significant contribution to fostering, Zoe was fostered herself and has become a tremendous advocate for children in care. She is media ‘savvy’ having been heavily involved with the Fostering Network’s 2013 campaign ‘Don’t Move Me’. More recently Zoe has twice hosted the Duchess of Cambridge: the first occasion was the Fostering Network’s 2015 Fostering Excellence Awards followed by a celebratory tea party laid on for Islington based foster carers. Zoe has gone on to share her story at a number of conferences and events – her aim to work to create a better future for children and young people in the care system. Fostering needs inspirational people like Zoe to remind us that all children have the right to a stable loving home.

Please share any of your own personal stories/views/opinions with us here at Rainbow: it’s easy – just message us in the box to let us know you are sending your story/opinion to info@rainbowfostering.co.uk

Local Authority apologises

1st June 2016

A local authority has recently apologised to a man who claimed he was forced to work as a child slave after being taken into foster care. The case of Terry Lodge, 55, from Bassetlaw was raised in parliament by the local MP John Mann. Terry Lodge claimed that he had been forced to work in a foundry, when he should have been in school. Nottinghamshire County Council has conceded the quality of care he received was “unsatisfactory”. The council’s service director for children’s social care, Steve Edwards, had a meeting with Terry Lodge to formally apologise. The authority concluded that Mr Lodge “suffered harm” after being put in care over 40 years ago. Mr Edwards stated that “There were opportunities to protect him which were sadly not acted upon.
“I would encourage anyone who has any concerns about the way they were treated while in care to come forward, no matter how long ago it was.”

Do you have a personal story/opinion or view concerning fostering that you might have an interest in sharing. We’d like to hear it so simply use the message box on the right to contact us.

Fostering services will inevitably experience change

26th May 2016

Children’s services are feeling the strain up and down the country. That the situation is reaching breaking point is shown by what has just happened in Birmingham: a decision has now been made to allow a voluntary trust to take over and run children’s services in the city. Ofsted, was forced to conclude that the department was a “national disgrace” – so action was inevitable. The removal of responsibility followed a number of tragic cases which resulted in the deaths of children in Birmingham.

Children have been failed in the worst way imaginable. Clearly there are real risks to children and young people. This is a good time to re-evaluate the role of foster carers. They are a key part of the childcare system and should be valued – as well as given the support and resources necessary to ensure placements are stable and secure.

Are you are currently fostering children; do you have a personal story/view or opinion you might like to share? Simply message us in the box located on the right.

The current high level of foster children in Norfolk paints the national picture

24th May 2016

This year a lot of attention is being paid to the issue of fostering children. This is because the number of children being looked after by the state is rising so quickly. It is now set at its highest level since the 1989 Children Act. For last year, the figure just for England stood at 69,540 children officially being ‘looked after’. And this year; the single sobering statistic is that over 9,000 new foster families are needed to come forward to foster. Taking one authority as an example, in Norfolk there are now more than 1,100 children and young people in care – compared across the country, this is one of the highest figures. Back in 2014, Norfolk County Council was predicting the number of children needing to be ‘looked after’ – without anything being done to slow the numbers entering the care system – would rise to 1,360 by 2017 – representing an additional cost of £12m over 3 years. It seems, on the latest figures, that the upward rise looks like being inexorable. This trend seems likely to be continued across the country as a whole.

So if you are currently fostering children and have any of your own personal stories/views/opinions and would like to share them with us, it’s easy – just message us in the box on the right of this page to say you are sending your story/opinion to info@rainbowfostering.co.uk

Call to cut minor offences for children in care

24th May 2016

A review for the Prison Reform Trust will put pressure on the government to draft new procedures to protect children in care from criminalisation. Such children are over-represented in the criminal justice system at the present time – so found Lord Laming’s report, which states that half of children in custody in England and Wales have, at some point, been in the care system. The report, entitled, ‘In Care, Out of Trouble’ focuses on the fact that looked – after young people are all too often being prosecuted for patterns of behaviour that would normally be dealt with in a normal home family environment: examples given; kicking doors and abusive language.

Lord Lamming commented: “As soon as the police are called, it’s a criminal record. It’s all part of the criminalisation of them. “We don’t need to do that – it’s quite avoidable but to avoid it we need leadership, imagination, direction and determination.”

So if you are a foster carer fostering children and have any of your own personal stories/views/opinions and would like to share them with us, it’s easy – just message us in the box on the right of this page to say you are sending your story/opinion to info@rainbowfostering.co.uk

A fostering perspective on the Queen’s Speech

20th May 2016

The Fostering Network has drawn attention to the Prime Minister’s self -declared “unashamedly pro-adoption’ stance by stressing that fostering must be given the same emphasis. This is because the majority of children in care will be looked after by foster families. There is concern that policy planning should not be geared toward what is actually the minority of children. It is unfortunate that the impression has been given that stable and loving homes are available only through adoption.

The Fostering Network has rightly called for the government to put the same enthusiasm, passion, and support into fostering. And of course it is crucial that fostering receives the proper levels of investment to make sure the nation’s carers – on whom we rely – are properly motivated.

Thinking of fostering children? Remember to visit our Fostering Blog for regular comment on fostering issues.

Foster Care Fortnight is here again

18th May 2016

The Fostering Network’s annual campaign to boost the profile of fostering starts next week – from Monday 16 to Sunday 29 May 2016. This awareness drive is a major attempt to recruit more foster carers. And in 2016 the need is as pressing as 9,070 new foster families are needed across the UK. If you are considering fostering children now is the time. The campaign is supported by some high profile individuals including Sadiq Khan, the new Mayor of London; Lorraine Pascale -celebrity baker; Gareth Gates – singer/songwriter; Michael Sheen – actor and Jacqueline Wilson -children’s author.

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New Campaign to find new foster carers in North Yorkshire

10th May 2016

Take time to foster, time to care’ this the campaign message from Fostering North Yorkshire as preparations are made to support the national foster care campaign beginning next week. The point of the campaign is to get people who may have been thinking about fostering a child to take that important next step and come forward. There are around 340 children looked after annually by Fostering North Yorkshire – part of North Yorkshire County Council. Demand for new carers continues to rise, as it does nationally, with the council needing to recruit 50 new fostering families in 2016.

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House of Commons Education Select Committee Report Released

6th May 2016

The findings from the recent report should be noted by everyone with an interest in fostering children and young people. The report – “Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Looked After Children” – focuses attention on the fact that looked after children are four times more likely than their peers to suffer from mental health problems. Further, it can be challenging for them to access the mental health support provision that meets their particular needs. The report has produced a number of recommendations and these will need to be properly funded. Rainbow Fostering is an Independent Fostering Agency in London. Foster a child with an independent agency, get the support you need.

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Fostering children doesn’t get any easier

A leading charity warns in a 2016 survey that the well being of children placed in foster care is being threatened by government funding cuts to local authority budgets in England. The charity’s survey which drew 600 replies from foster carers revealed 70% of them felt their allowances had been affected negatively as a result of cuts made by local authorities. Rainbow Fostering is an Independent Fostering Agency in London. Foster a child with an independent agency, get the support you need.

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Fostering News

Hairdresser to the stars, Andrew Barton, is competing in the London Marathon. He is running in support of the work of CoramBAAF this year. Andrew is the Creative Director at Urban Retreat in Harrods – amongst his many industry awards he can count British Hairdresser of the Year and British Hair Icon.

Andrew was adopted himself and is a supporter of fostering and adoption. This very personal connection is all he needs by way of motivation and inspiration to take part in his fifth London Marathon. Rainbow Fostering is an Independent Fostering Agency in London. Foster a child with an independent agency, get the support you need.

So if you are a foster carer fostering children and have any of your own personal stories/views/opinions and would like to share them with us it’s easy – just message us in the box on the right of this page to say you are sending your story/opinion to info@rainbowfostering.co.uk

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